Home is a privilege that most of us take for granted. On any given night in Australia over 26,000 young people are homeless – an alarming number which is on the rise. Youth Homelessness Matters Day, a national awareness campaign held on Wednesday 9 April, was a call to all Australians, to take action by publicly stating that “youth homelessness matters” and must be prevented.
CEO of Yfoundations, Michael Coffey explains that the main drivers of homelessness in Australia are the effect of poverty, the lack of affordable housing and family breakdown. “Over 105,000 people are homeless in Australia and nearly half of them are under the age of 25. The numbers are frightening but there is an invisible larger population of homeless young people in our country. We are talking here about young people who stay at their friend’s place one day, the other day sleep rough and don’t identify themselves as being homeless” he says.