“They might be in their Nike shoes with their iPhone 5 and their board shorts – but realistically they’ve slept on the street the night before…because they actually don’t have anywhere to live.”
-Kylie Minchinton, Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth
A new mobile support service is set to help youth on the Gold Coast experiencing homelessness to find stable housing.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the State Government would provide Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth’s mobile service with $342,000 over two years to “ensure young people who are sleeping rough, couch surfing or struggling to maintain a tenancy can get help no matter where they are.”
This funding is part of around $122 million that the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works is allocating across the state to deliver 220 specialist homelessness services across Queensland this financial year alone.
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“Young people become homeless for a variety of reasons – whether it’s experiencing or witnessing domestic violence, drugs and alcohol, mental health challenges or issues relating to gender or sexuality.
“We not only need to support young people currently experiencing homelessness, we need to do everything we can to prevent it from happening in the first place.”
Kylie Minchinton from Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth told myGC that youth homelessness is a “massive problem” on the Gold Coast.
“Unfortunately it’s not visible to everybody. Homelessness doesn’t have a label or a tag that you walk around with so they might be in their Nike shoes with their iPhone 5 and their board shorts – but realistically they’ve slept on the street the night before, they’ve had to shower in the council showers and they might be going to another service to find a tent because they actually don’t have anywhere to live,” said Ms Minchinton.
The Project provides youth – between 16 and 25 years – with tailored support such as help to find housing and developing a budget, learning cooking and shopping skills and being linked to support services.