A sustainable solution for youth homelessness
Today young people are faced with many challenges with youth unemployment at a high and affordable housing options at a low. The struggle is even more real for those from a disadvantaged background with no family to rely on and so the cycle of homelessness begins.
In 2014 Samaritans established a Student Accommodation service in Wickham aiming to break the cycle of homelessness by offering young people a clearer pathway into employment and independent living. The program is based on a Foyer model and has proven very successful. Subsidised accommodation is offered as well as supportive living and a mentor to help young people achieve their education goals. The program creates positive and sustainable pathways forward for these individuals. It offers the support they need to achieve the qualifications necessary to secure steady, long-term employment.
Whilst it is important to offer emergency relief and assistance to those who are struggling, this is only a temporary solution. It is through education and support to achieve employment that we can make a lasting impact on the lives of young people at risk of homelessness.
Samaritans Student Accommodation receives no Government funding and relies on the good will of the community to donate. Imagine the success if the government chose to invest more funding towards programs like these that produce sustainable, positive outcomes for youth.