Youth Homelessness

What does "homeless" mean?

  • currently living on the street
  • living in crisis or refuge accommodation
  • living in temporary arrangements without security, for example moving between the residences of friends or relatives, living in squats, caravans or dwellings, or living in boarding houses
  • living in unsafe family circumstances, for example where child abuse or domestic violence is a threat or has occurred
  • living on a very low income and facing costly expenses or a personal crisis.

Why are young people homeless?

Many young homeless people have fled from their dysfunctional and abusive environments only to find themselves in a far worse predicament on the streets. A number of these young people have been abused by those closest to them, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

There are numerous reasons why young people are homeless such as:

  • Domestic and family violence
  • Intergenerational poverty
  • Severe and persistent mental illness and psychological distress
  • Exiting state care
  • Severe overcrowding/housing crisis
  • Living in 'severely' crowded dwellings
  • Supported accommodation for the homeless
  • Staying temporarily with other households
  • Staying in boarding houses
  • Living in improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out
  • Staying in other temporary lodging. 

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