There are over 44,000 young people experiencing homelessness in Australia every night. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. We think that’s 44,000 too many.
These young Australians (people under the age of 25) make up 42% of the entire homeless population in our country. For them, the uncertainty about the night’s sleep ahead is a stressful reality that often means sleeping outdoors, in cars, between friends’ houses or in emergency accommodation. Juggling education, work, relationships and wellbeing becomes increasingly difficult to do without stable and safe accommodation.
The high prevalence of mental and physical health problems within this group, combined with an existing experience of disadvantage, can make the challenge of breaking the cycle seem insurmountable. Being homeless in Australia is one of the most socially isolating experiences a young person can go through; a disadvantage that may have ramifications for the rest of their life.