Mission Australia is calling the Federal Government to proactively tackle youth homelessness, especially in COVID-19.
It comes on the back of newly released findings from the charity’s youth survey, which revealed one in six (17.1 per cent) young people aged 15 to 19 have experienced homelessness.
Mission Australia CEO James Toomey told Pro Bono News it is apparent the issue was getting worse during the crisis, saying:
“Our teams on the ground told us that during the first set of restrictions in March young people were presenting at our services in need of housing, for reasons such as not being able to couch surf any more or losing their job,” Toomey said.
“We don’t need to wait for this problem to get worse before we have a homelessness strategy. We can tell that, particularly in relation to youth homelessness, this will get worse in the next few months and the intermediate period.”
Foyer Foundation strongly believes every young person deserves access to a youth foyer.
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