Youth homelessness is a national crisis

It is hard for many of us to comprehend, but trapped within the current political and social system, children as young as 12 are facing life without a permanent roof over their heads.

The 2016 census recorded over 37,000 people without a home in New South Wales. This figure is even more sobering when you realise 9,000 of those were children. While the problem is not unique to NSW, there is no escaping the fact that the state is Australia’s worst offender. The next closest is Victoria, with 6,373.

Reducing youth homelessness had been one of the NSW Premier’s key 12 priorities, backed with actions including the Rent Choice Youth Subsidy and investing $1 billion into social housing and homelessness services.

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Source: Women’s Agenda