Vulnerable children and young people at risk of homelessness now have access to vital support services any time of the day.
The NSW Government has committed $13.9 million to provide young people under the age of 24 with access to youth crisis refuges and round-the-clock support services.
The NSW Government is investing in a range of youth homelessness services including:
- the Premier’s Youth Initiative
- the Homeless Youth Assistance Program
- Specialist Youth Homelessness Services
- Rent Choice Youth
Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing Pru Goward said the funding extension means every youth crisis refuge continues to have an open door.
“Homelessness disrupts the lives of young people, affecting their education, friendships and mental health,” Ms Goward said.
In 2016-17, more than 18,936 young people aged between 15 and 24 were supported by specialist homelessness services in NSW.
It is a Premier’s Priority to reduce youth homelessness and increase the proportion of young people who successfully move from specialist homelessness services to long-term accommodation to more than 34% by 2019.