Last week some of us took part in events organised for Youth Homelessness Matters Day.
The day is organised each year to highlight the reality that some 25,000 young people in Australia are homeless on any given night.
We also want to highlight our belief that young people can get themselves out of homelessness with the right support.
At Samaritans we have two major strategies to help young people achieve this:
- Our early intervention services supporting young people to stay at home, with their families, at their local school and in their local community.
- Our supported accommodation services ensure that young people are assisted to overcome personal barriers and complete vocational training (essential these days) to move on to a real job and secure accommodation.
Yes, there is a pathway out of youth homelessness.