Preventing Child Homelessness in the ACT

If a child under the age of 16 is homeless or at risk of homelessness in the ACT they are highly vulnerable and at risk of harm, because there are no accommodation services in the ACT for these children.

For close to 20 years, the ACT child, youth and homelessness sectors have called for action to address the gap in accommodation services for children under the age of 16. Other Australian states have led the way in developing supportive accommodation services for children at risk of homelessness.

The Youth Coalition, Families ACT, ACTCOSS and ACT Shelter have presented the ACT Government with a clear solution, based on the most up-to-date research and evidence across Australia. We expect that they will now be able to move forward to address this issue, in partnership with the Canberra community.

Children who experience homelessness can come from all walks of life. There is rarely one single cause for a child to become homeless, but a range of complex factors that interact together and put pressure on families. Local and national research consistently shows that we need to support children and families early to prevent homelessness from occurring, while also providing appropriate accommodation supports for children who cannot stay at home.

The Youth Coalition of the ACT
The Youth Coalition of the ACT

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The Youth Coalition of the ACT
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