Supporting safe housing for our youth community

Published on 15 August 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire is taking action to address youth homelessness, bringing together industry experts and advocating for safer access to emergency housing where it’s needed most.

The Shire has partnered with community organisations and service providers from across the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston to deliver Youth2, a campaign working with young people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness.

The team was identified and connected through the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Youth Wellbeing Stakeholder Advisory Group and includes representatives from: Headspace/YSAS; Mission Australia; Salvo Care Eastern; Brotherhood of St Laurence; Fusion; White Lion; Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston City Council.

The campaign was launched on Monday 23 July with members committing to identify and advocate for service development projects and infrastructure to resolve housing insecurity and homelessness issues for young people in Mornington Peninsula and Frankston communities.

Youth2 supports inclusive solutions ensuring young people have access to safe, local and affordable housing. The campaign is calling on the state government to support the provision of two new facilities offering at-risk youths local access to crisis accommodation.

Homelessness has significant implications for young people’s education and employment, safety, physical and mental health, and general wellbeing, and creates flow-on impacts for other regions.

Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said the priority is providing local crisis accommodation in Frankston and Rosebud for young people when it may not be safe or appropriate to return home.

“We’re uniting these groups and getting serious about ensuring our youth feel valued, supported and safe on the Peninsula and our neighbouring areas.

“Frankston and Rosebud are well-connected hubs with existing youth support services. This means young people would not have to leave their local area to access crisis accommodation in times of need”.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing: Estimating homelessness, 2016, from 2011 to 2016, there was a 17.4% increase in people experiencing homelessness in Frankston and a 9.6% increase on the Mornington Peninsula.

Young people are over-represented in the homeless population with 26% of those experiencing homelessness aged under 25 years. This equates to approximately 220 young people experiencing homelessness at any point in time in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.

For more information visit: www.youth2.org.au

If you or someone you know is homeless or has a housing problem, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/housing


PICTURE DETAILS: Attendees at the launch of the Youth2 campaign on Monday 23 July.