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6.13 Michael Coffey


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6.13 Michael Coffey

  1. 1. What do we mean by home ? <ul><li>A Safe place, Stability, feeling supported, </li></ul><ul><li>Basic needs met, Protected, Learning environment, a </li></ul><ul><li>a caring place, an opportunity , , Fun, Sense of belonging, Connected to community, Relationship with others, Experiment and making mistakes, </li></ul><ul><li>Able to leave and come back, Positive and guiding relationships, Loving, Unconditional, Non judgemental , Shelter and other amenities, A place where conflict is dealt with positively , Family, Values , Trust, Boundaries, Discipline, Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>ITS NOT JUST HOUSE - LESS - NESS </li></ul>
  2. 2. So what do we mean by homeless? ‘ VISIBLE’ HOMELESS (13%) Primary - those who sleep ‘rough’ ‘ INVISIBLE’ HOMELESS (87%) Secondary - those who frequently move from one place to another, including specialist homeless clients Tertiary - people who live in boarding houses, or accommodation without own bathroom, kitchen or security of tenure.
  3. 4. <ul><li>44,000 + CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (0 – 25 YEARS) </li></ul><ul><li>ARE HOMELESS EVERY NIGHT IN AUSTRALIA </li></ul><ul><li>THIS IS 43% OF THE 105,000 PEOPLE </li></ul><ul><li>WHO ARE HOMELESSNESS EVERY NIGHT IN AUSTRALIA </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>WHERE ARE THEY ? </li></ul><ul><li>From the last census data in 2006 : </li></ul><ul><li>19% are in specialist </li></ul><ul><li>homelessness services </li></ul><ul><li>16% are sleeping rough </li></ul><ul><li>The majority are with friends, relatives or couch surfing or places like boarding houses. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>YOUTH PATHWAYS INTO ADULT HOMELESSNESS </li></ul><ul><li>In a recent study of adult homelessness. </li></ul><ul><li>42% had been in State Care and protection programs when they were young.. </li></ul>
  6. 7. WHY? ARE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HOMELESS <ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>breakdown </li></ul><ul><li>Access to </li></ul><ul><li>affordable </li></ul><ul><li>housing and </li></ul><ul><li>rents </li></ul>
  7. 8. WHY? ARE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HOMELESS <ul><li>… .. only a </li></ul><ul><li>6% of young people </li></ul><ul><li>are homeless </li></ul><ul><li>due to AOD </li></ul><ul><li>issues. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Poverty, disadvantage, discrimination, exclusion, lack of access to employment opportunity, lack of adequate income, education, health and legal support and ‘systemic failures’. </li></ul>WHY? ARE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HOMELESS
  9. 16. YAA 2007
  10. 17. YAA 2007 ‘
  11. 18. <ul><li>Supported Accommodation Assistance Program .. 1985 - 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Provides transitional supported accommodation and related support services in order to help people who are experiencing homelessness to achieve the maximum degree of self – reliance and independence”. </li></ul>
  12. 19. <ul><li>Small youth refuges (- not ‘shelters’). </li></ul><ul><li>Supported transitional accommodation. </li></ul><ul><li>Scatter site independent housing models. </li></ul><ul><li>Case management. </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrid / integrated ‘youth hub’ models. </li></ul><ul><li>Foyer like models. </li></ul><ul><li>Early intervention – Family Reconnect - services. </li></ul>
  13. 20. <ul><li>Youth (Homeless) Allowance </li></ul><ul><li>Medicare </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Transition to Independent Living Allowance. </li></ul>
  14. 21. <ul><li>National Affordable Housing Agreement / </li></ul><ul><li>A Road Home .. 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>To half all homelessness by 2020 </li></ul><ul><li>To offer supported accommodation to those rough sleepers that need it. </li></ul>
  15. 22. <ul><li>National Affordable Housing Agreement / </li></ul><ul><li>A Road Home .. 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Key result areas: </li></ul><ul><li>Turning off the tap. </li></ul><ul><li>Improving and expanding services. </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking the cycle. </li></ul>
  16. 23. <ul><li>In 2009-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>$442.6 million for 1550 homelessness projects. </li></ul><ul><li>34% supported young people. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional $800 million over five years 2009-2013 for 192 new projects . </li></ul>
  17. 24. <ul><li>Between 2001and 2006 there was a 20%+ decrease of 12-18 year olds experiencing homelessness. </li></ul>
  18. 25. <ul><li>In 2009-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>1 in every 65 young people aged 15-19 years become a client of a specialist youth homeless service. </li></ul><ul><li>18% identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. </li></ul>