This week we putting youth homelessness in the spotlight as we prepare to mark Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) on Wednesday (April 17).
YHMD is a national campaign, held annually since 1990, aimed at raising awareness of youth homelessness amongst decision makers and the wider community.
More than 28, 000 young Australians do not have a home, and the experiences and challenges they face each day are very real.
In most instances, they do not have a home because they are escaping conflict and violence. They find it almost impossible to find a home because of the housing affordability crisis in Australia.
The vast majority of young people experiencing homelessness are hidden from view in refuges, couch surfing situations and sleeping in cars with their family.
Youth homelessness is complex. Youth homelessness matters.
Through the Outer North Youth Homelessness Service, Centacare supports young people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.
This week we will be introducing the faces behind the service, which supported 346 young people from July 2018 to March this year.