Every night across Australia around 44,000 young people do not have a safe place to sleep. Youth homelessness is costing the health and justice systems more than $600 million a year, a new national study has found, but it’s a complex problem that is not simply solved by providing extra housing.
Many people become homeless due to mental health, domestic violence and relationship issues, drug and alcohol addiction and financial difficulties. In a recent Homelessness survey conducted by the City of Sydney, 66% of the respondents aged under 25 had both mental and substance abuse issues, 56% needed short term support with finding affordable housing and 40% of these young people reported using alcohol daily for 30 straight days or more.
Inner City Youth Homelessness Project is designed to not only assist the young person to overcome immediate barriers which they face, but more importantly to continue to provide intensive support to enable them to engage with employment or further education. It is anticipated that 180 young people will benefit from this program during the funding period.
This can involve connecting them with Centrelink, health services, emergency accommodation and attending court dates with them.
Whitelion supports the most vulnerable young people in our community, for as long as it takes to help them realise there is a different way and take them on a journey to a better future.
A Gift of just…
$20 supports small comforts like a cup of tea to build trust with a young homeless person
$100 covers form printing costs a young person must complete to access essential services
$1,500 contributes to wages for a highly skilled outreach worker
Project Funding Goal = $11,000