Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

NSW GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO REDUCING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

Tuesday April 17, 2018

The NSW Government has committed $13.9 million to support vulnerable children and young people at risk of homelessness access support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP said the government was committed to tackling youth homelessness by focussing on prevention, better support and more housing options.

“The NSW Premier made it a personal priority to reduce youth homelessness in the state and it’s a challenge we’re tackling head on,” said Tanya Davies.

“Extending access to services means children and young people in crisis can access a bed and round-the-clock support – importantly, it means that every youth crisis refuge will continue to have an open door.”

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said the NSW Government has a range of programs to support children and young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

“Homelessness disrupts the lives of young people, affecting their education, friendships and mental health,” Ms Goward said.

“We know that to break the cycle of disadvantage we need to support young people with education, training and health supports, as well as housing, to give them the best possible chance at a brighter future.”

In 2016-17, more than 18,936 young people aged between 15 and 24 were helped by specialist homelessness services in NSW.

The NSW Government is investing in a range of youth homelessness services including:

  • $12 million for the Premier’s Youth Initiative
  • $9.9 million for the Homeless Youth Assistance Program
  • $48.7 million for specialist youth homelessness services
  • $4 million for Rent choice Youth

The 2017/18 Budget included a record $1.1 billion to support people experiencing homelessness and improve services for social housing tenants.