Youth Homelessness Rising Leaving Crisis Services Under Strain

January 9, 2020

Youth homelessness is on the rise – a fact that troubles us as an organisation hoping to minimise the amount of homeless people. This rise has now left a strain on crisis support services, who simply do not have enough resources to assist every request for support.

Last year, over 92,000 requests for crisis support from specialist homelessness agencies were not met[i]. This was an increase from the following year and will continue to be an issue as homelessness continues to rise.

43,000 young people accessing services were completely alone and more than half had previously sought out crisis support already in 2018. More needs to be done to ensure the safety of our young people. It is a national disgrace that these young people – who are alone and in crisis – have continually not received the support they desperately need.

Every day that goes past, on average, 253 people seeking support are left without it due to the overwhelming strain on these services. With the problem only getting worse, crisis support services need our help to combat this growing issue.  The future of our young people should be an absolute priority for the nation as we tackle this growing issue.

At Youth Off The Streets we provide crisis services and early intervention and prevention programs in order to break the cycles of disadvantage that these young people face every day. In 2019 alone, our food van service served over 9,000 hot meals to those in desperate need.

This year, Youth Off The Streets will continue to make a difference to the lives of as many young people as possible, giving them the opportunities to reach their full potential and lead meaningful lives.

[i] AIHW Annual Report 18-19

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