The aim of this campaign is to break the common stereotypes that are associated with youth homelessness, and the young people who experience disadvantage.
The stigma attached to homelessness often prevents many young people from seeking help. As such, Youth Homelessness Matters Day aims to raise awareness that youth homelessness stereotypes are not accurate, and instead there needs to be more focus on recognising the signs of homelessness so there can be less shame and more productive help available.
The campaign also aims to engage government and corporate sectors to resource specialist youth homelessness services, also known as youth refuges or shelters, which provide young people with the help they need in order to get back on their feet.
Young people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness need access to supportive and well-resourced services which work with them in establishing foundations on which they can build a stable future. These services can be tasked with the provision of ensuring health and wellbeing, safety and stability, re-engagement and participation with education and employment services.
The campaign aims to increase awareness of the factors that lead to Child and youth homelessness. Bring awareness is vital if we are to end youth homelessness in Australia. Funding and support for services and campaigns like YHMD is vital to achieving this goal in Australia. No child or young person should be without a home.
Work with us towards a society where all young people are valued, engaged and supported.