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.