Homelessness is not just houselessness – but it’s always about housing, says a coalition of groups addressing this huge problem. On any night in Australia 105,000 people are homeless and 25% are under 25.
Virgin Unite, the non-profit arm of the Virgin Group, hopes to raise awareness through an online petition – really easy to use – and which will be presented to parliament to urge action on this issue.
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Unite is bringing people together to tackle tough social and environmental problems with an entrepreneurial approach. They believe bringing business and the social sector together is the only way we can address the scale and urgency of the challenges facing the world today.
They’d like to see business as a force for good.
Unite is working on behalf of vulnerable young people around the world and with this campaign they are working in partnership with a variety of groups including:
Yfoundations – a NSW youth peak group
Oasis a youth refuge in Sydney
National Youth Coalition for Housing NYCH focuses on youth homelessness and housing issues, and represents the nine State/Territory Youth Housing and SAAP sectors.
Youth Homelessness doesn’t just mean sleeping rough on the streets. There are three different types of homelessness that are considered the standard cultural definition of homelessness in Australia.
1. Primary homelessness includes all people without a ‘roof over their head’. This means people who are living on the streets, sleeping in parks, squatting in derelict buildings or using cars or trains as temporary shelter.
2. Secondary homelessness includes people who frequently move from one type of shelter to another. This includes people living in homeless services, hostels, people staying with other households who have no home of their own and people staying in boarding houses for 12 weeks or less.
3. Tertiary homelessness refers to people who live in boarding houses on a medium to long term basis (more than 13 weeks), who live in accommodation that does not have ‘self-contained facilities’ for example they do not have their bathroom or kitchen and who don’t have the security provided by a lease. They are homeless because their accommodation does not have the characteristics identified in the minimum community standard for housing.
The campaign’s website, endyouthhomelessness.com.au is collecting stories from young people, posting them as they come in so the general public can read what it’s like to experience homelessness as a young person.
Will you sign the End Youth Homelessness petition? I have.