Shelter established for young people risking homelessness in ACT

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A respite centre will be established in Canberra’s south, with an aim to change the way support is offered to young people at risk of homelessness.

Modelled off a centre in South Australia, the accommodation facility will focus on early intervention and respite for under 16-year olds from ACT and surrounds.

The SA prototype, Ruby’s, provides young people with a safe place to stay while working with families to return them home.

Homelessness researcher Dr Justin Barker said Ruby’s had around a 70 per cent success rate of reunification.

“A lot of these young people can return home if we start to rebuild these relationships but it’s just not something we do,” Dr Barker said.