A WAY HOME AUSTRALIA
WHO WE ARE
A Way Home Australia is a national campaign, which emanated from the National Youth Homelessness Conference held in March 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. It is based on the NYHC Communique, which unanimously endorsed at the conference, which seeks support of a number of fundamental reforms in the way in which we focus our national efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness.
WHY IS A WAY HOME AUSTRALIA NEEDED NOW?
The Roadmap for Youth Homelessness developed by the National Youth Commission into Youth Homelessness (2007-08) highlighted the 10 ‘must do’ strategic areas for action to address youth homelessness. Implementing the core 10 points of the Roadmap would change the face of youth homelessness in Australia if genuinely and seriously acted on. The Roadmap proposed a new approach to youth homelessness involving a complex developmental process requiring policy multi-tasking and new ways of connecting different areas of policy and programs.
For many years leading up to 2007-2008, the number of young people entering the Specialist Homelessness Services [SHS] system (formerly SAAP) was about 32,000, then in 2005 it started to rise. After 2008, the number of young people entering the SHS system every year has been about 42,000. The number has not increased at the rate that it did between 2005 and 2009. The flow into youth homelessness seems to have plateaued – but it has not come down.
Given that some of the main drivers of homelessness are increasing, there is a risk that the flow of young people into homelessness could continue to rise again in the near future. Youth homelessness has not been reduced since the National Youth Commission undertook its work and the Australian Government issued its 2008 White Paper and made a down-payment on services and housing for homeless Australians.
WHO CAN GET INVOLVED?
Are you committed and passionate about preventing and ending youth homelessness? Would you like to be a part of an emerging movement for radical change in the way in which we address youth homelessness? If yes, then you are welcome to join A Way Home Australia. The more alliances that are made the greater our call for radical change and action will be.