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Home and away: child and youth homelessness report

Policy Online (16.2.16) carries a link to a Mission Australia report on the levels of child and youth homelessness across the nation. The report argues that the problem of homelessness is much larger than official statistics reveal.

'According to the 2011 Census, some 44,000 children and young people in Australia are homeless. The reality is worse; many others are ‘hidden homeless’ who are not counted in the official statistics.

'There is a growing body of evidence being developed about the true picture of child and youth homelessness. Our own primary research, the Mission Australia Youth Survey, gives a special insight into the housing experiences of young people across Australia and from different socio-economic backgrounds, which is rare in the youth homelessness literature.'

 

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