Homeless body has ‘never seen demand like this’ from vulnerable schoolchildren

A HUGE spike in homeless schoolchildren has gripped the state with “more and more” vulnerable kids sleeping in cars, a peak body has revealed.

Homeless services are under “incredible” strain as almost 12,000 Victorian preschool, primary and secondary kids have sought help in a single year.

Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) chief executive Jenny Smith said the body had “never seen demand like this”.

An added 1377 schoolchildren accessed homeless services between the 2016 and 2017 financial years — an increase of 13 per cent — Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) data shows.

And more than half of all 11,847 Victorian children who sought help in 2017 were primary school aged children — a total of 6,246.

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