There is no overarching strategy or plan to address youth homelessness in Victoria. This is despite the fact that each night there are more than 6,000 young people with no safe place to sleep across the state.
MCM is committed to driving systemic change to end youth homelessness.
Young people are at significant and unique risk of homelessness. Young people have different pathways into homelessness, and unique experiences of homelessness, they are at a critical life stage transitioning to independence and adulthood. For most young people, it’s not about sleeping rough – it might be couch surfing and living out of a backpack without the support of parents while trying to keep up with school or work.
They are not a group that necessarily identifies as ‘homeless’, and as such, are often hesitant to access services before it reaches breaking point.
MCM is calling on the Victorian and Federal Governments to implement a stand-alone Youth Homelessness Strategy. This strategy must acknowledge and act on the distinct causes and experiences of youth homelessness.
To support the development of the strategy, MCM partnered with the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) to conduct research to guide its implementation. This work was led by MCM, in collaboration with Council to Homeless Persons and the homelessness sector.
The findings of this research should guide the development of a Victorian Youth Homelessness Strategy. Namely, we are advocating for:
Watch our Webinar below: Towards a Youth Homelessness Strategy presented in collaboration with AHURI.