Youth Homelessness Matters Day

YHMD is a national campaign aimed at raising awareness and understanding of youth homelessness in Australia.

Did you know that more than 26, 000 young people in Australia are homeless?

The 2011 ABS Census estimates that 26,238 Australians aged 12-24 are homeless on any given night. Over 40 percent of people experiencing homelessness on any given night are under 24 years old. However, the ABS has stated that “homeless estimates for youth are likely to have been underestimated in the Census” so the number could be much higher.

The ABS estimates a further 22, 443 young Australians are living in caravan parks, overcrowded dwellings or improvised dwellings, such as sheds or garages. Such living arrangements are often unsafe, unsuitable and place people at high risk of becoming homeless.

In a country as wealthy as Australia this is just plain wrong and we all need to do something about it. Together we have to end youth homelessness.

Did you know the key causes of youth homelessness are family violence and family breakdown?

The numbers are staggering. More than 45% of the young people seeking assistance from homelessness services across Australia need help with family violence and family breakdown. 64% of these young people were girls or young women.

And many people feel these numbers are an under count as understandably young people often don’t want to talk about violence and family breakdown they have experienced.

How can you help end youth homelessness?

We know what some of the solutions to youth homelessness might look like: prevention, early intervention, timely intervention and getting young people rapidly into safe, secure affordable housing to minimise how long they are homeless.

A key part of any solution is national plan that clearly articulates how we will end youth homelessness. At the moment there is no such plan.

What can you do to help end youth homelessness?

You can be part of the solution. The first step to solving a problem is understanding it. Learn more about youth homelessness here.

Join the Youth Homelessness Matters day campaign here.

Talk to you family and friends about youth homelessness and how we can end it. Make it everybody’s business.

This year we are having a federal election. If you are voting age make sure you are registered to vote and make your vote count.

Ask your local candidates what their plan is to end youth homelessness. Find out more about who your local candidates are and how you can engage with them here.

Together we can end youth homelessness. #YHMD2016.

Find out more at the Youth Homelessness Matters Day website.