A confronting reminder of the number of young people sleeping rough on Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Youth Homelessness Matters Day was recently held on Wednesday 17th April, the national campaign aimed to raise awareness and initiate discussion about the percentage of young individuals experiencing homelessness. Statistics released for the day presented some concerning results including, 28,000 young Australians aged between 12 and 25 are experiencing homelessness, most commonly commencing with couch surfing.

Youth experiencing homelessness is not only limited to urban areas, with Ballarat Men’s Crisis Accommodation Support Peplow House, seeing 65 percent of men residing under the age of 25 in the last twelve months.

Peplow House provides short-term crisis accommodation for single men aged 18 years and over who are homeless. Support at Peplow House also extends to accessing long term accommodation, assessment of health and social issues, building social well-being through community supports and guiding the men to stability after Peplow House.

Centacare CEO, Tony Fitzgerald caught up with staff and residents at Peplow House for Youth Homelessness Matters Day, discussing the issue.

For full article: The Ballarat Courier

For anyone experiencing homelessness or hardship contact the Centacare Homelessness and Advocacy Support Team on 5337 8999 or drop into the central office at 4-6 Peel Street Ballarat.