NEW REPORT: YOUNG PEOPLE AND HOUSING SUPPORTS IN AUSTRALIA
This paper focuses on young people who are not the children of a family group seeking service or supports, but rather are young people, aged 15-24 years, who are independent in the sense that they are no longer living with family/parents.
NEWS AND ARTICLES
A new research report published by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute [AHURI] has proposed a series of major reforms to the homelessness service system that if implemented systemically promise to reduce and ultimate end youth homelessness. READ MORE HERE
What would happen if we were able to redesign the homelessness services system so homelessness could be decreased and ultimately ended? READ MORE HERE
So much has changed in the past few months. The Covid‐19 Pandemic has quickly spread throughout the world with huge public health, social and economic impacts. At the time of writing this piece, the number of confirmed cases worldwide was 2,475,841 with 170,261 deaths (21 April 2020) attributed directly to the virus. READ MORE HERE
The problem of youth homelessness is not in recession. Today, we spend more on homelessness services and assist more people seeking help because they are already homeless or about to become homeless than ever before. Every year about 40,000 young people on their own aged 15 to 24 years of age are supported and/or accommodated by Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS). Many other children and young people also experience homelessness as members of a family group. READ MORE HERE
WHAT WE WANT
We are seeking an investment of $310 million over 10 years for a staged implementation of the Community of Schools and Services Model (COSS).
We are seeking a commitment from Commonwealth, State and Territory governments that all future announcements of investment in social housing include a quota of 5% of all new stock to be dedicated to young people/families under 25 years old.
We are seeking $52 million, phased in over 4 years from the Australian Government, to adequately extend the funded support of young people in care until they are 21 years old.
LEARNING & EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT
We are seeking an investment which increases over 6 years to a recurrent level of $56M P.A to fund 147 place-based ‘Learning and Employment Networks’.
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