[Hpn] Homeless youth doubled in past 20 years

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Homeless youth doubled in past 20 years
By Vincent Morello

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21573564-1702,00.html

April 17, 2007

AUSTRALIA'S booming economy and shrinking rental property market have =
done nothing to help youth homelessness, which has nearly doubled in the =
past 20 years, welfare workers said today.

As the first national inquiry into homeless youth in 20 years conducts =
its Sydney hearings, its interim report later this year is expected to =
criticise government programs designed to address the problem.=20

Welfare workers say the programs, even if implemented, fall well short =
of addressing dramatic changes in the challenges posed by homeless =
youth.=20

The National Youth Commission (NYC) Inquiry into Youth Homelessness is =
hosting forums with community groups in 14 cities, completing its =
six-week tour of Australia on May 4.=20

The 2001 Australian census reported that about 100,000 Australians were =
homeless, with up to 35,000 of those aged between 12 and 25.=20

NYC commissioners said the number had doubled since the 1989 Burdekin =
Inquiry into youth homelessness.=20

"The rental housing crisis is blocking up a system that was already =
blocked up and our people in services are pulling their hair out,'' NYC =
commissioner and Salvation Army officer David Eldridge said.

Decades ago, Australia opted to subsidise public housing for low-income =
individuals and families because low-cost rentals in the private market =
were readily available.=20

But Australia's ongoing, 14-year economic boom has left even the =
cheapest housing options out of reach to low-income earners.=20

Three in four people who try to obtain hostel accommodation are turned =
away, Major Eldridge said.=20
In previous decades, youths in need of housing were in a temporary =
crisis but today's homeless, low-skilled youth are coming from the =
juvenile justice system, as former wards of the state and from families =
who cannot afford housing.=20

"Just a house isn't enough,'' Major Eldridge said.=20

"But without a house, you're not going to do the education, the work =
stuff - it's the foundation for doing the other work.''=20

Fellow NYC commissioner and Swinburne University sociologist David =
McKenzie said homeless agencies participating in the forums were tired =
of innovative pilot programs from government that never grew into =
nationwide policies.=20

'' ... they might keep it going or they might add another one so you've =
got two when you need 50,'' Prof Mckenzie said.=20

He also said governments often failed to reinvigorate established =
programs in need of new ideas to better target today's homeless.=20

Once the NYC completes its national tour it will submit an interim =
report to the commonwealth and state governments with a national action =
plan to address Australia's youth homeless problem.=20
A final report will be completed sometime next year.=20

Open Family Australia, a community organisation which helps street kids, =
called on Australians to think about homeless youth during National =
Youth Week, which concludes on April 22.=20










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New Hampshire Homeless=20
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street=20
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA=20
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.=20
1-603-286-2492=20
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http://www.nationalhomeless.org=20
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inquiry into homeless youth in 20 years conducts its Sydney hearings, =
its=20
interim report later this year is expected to criticise government =
programs=20
designed to address the problem. <BR><BR>Welfare workers say the =
programs, even=20
if implemented, fall well short of addressing dramatic changes in the =
challenges=20
posed by homeless youth. <BR><BR>The National Youth Commission (NYC) =
Inquiry=20
into Youth Homelessness is hosting forums with community groups in 14 =
cities,=20
completing its six-week tour of Australia on May 4. <BR><BR>The 2001 =
Australian=20
census reported that about 100,000 Australians were homeless, with up to =
35,000=20
of those aged between 12 and 25. <BR><BR>NYC commissioners said the =
number had=20
doubled since the 1989 Burdekin Inquiry into youth homelessness. =
<BR><BR>"The=20
rental housing crisis is blocking up a system that was already blocked =
up and=20
our people in services are pulling their hair out,'' NYC commissioner =
and=20
Salvation Army officer David Eldridge said.<BR><BR>Decades ago, =
Australia opted=20
to subsidise public housing for low-income individuals and families =
because=20
low-cost rentals in the private market were readily available. =
<BR><BR>But=20
Australia's ongoing, 14-year economic boom has left even the cheapest =
housing=20
options out of reach to low-income earners. <BR><BR>Three in four people =
who try=20
to obtain hostel accommodation are turned away, Major Eldridge said. =
<BR>In=20
previous decades, youths in need of housing were in a temporary crisis =
but=20
today's homeless, low-skilled youth are coming from the juvenile justice =
system,=20
as former wards of the state and from families who cannot afford =
housing.=20
<BR><BR>"Just a house isn't enough,'' Major Eldridge said. <BR><BR>"But =
without=20
a house, you're not going to do the education, the work stuff - it's the =

foundation for doing the other work.'' <BR><BR>Fellow NYC commissioner =
and=20
Swinburne University sociologist David McKenzie said homeless agencies=20
participating in the forums were tired of innovative pilot programs from =

government that never grew into nationwide policies. <BR><BR>'' ... they =
might=20
keep it going or they might add another one so you've got two when you =
need=20
50,'' Prof Mckenzie said. <BR><BR>He also said governments often failed =
to=20
reinvigorate established programs in need of new ideas to better target =
today's=20
homeless. <BR><BR>Once the NYC completes its national tour it will =
submit an=20
interim report to the commonwealth and state governments with a national =
action=20
plan to address Australia's youth homeless problem. <BR>A final report =
will be=20
completed sometime next year. <BR><BR>Open Family Australia, a community =

organisation which helps street kids, called on Australians to think =
about=20
homeless youth during National Youth Week, which concludes on April 22.=20
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<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>William Charles Tinker <BR>New =
Hampshire Homeless=20
<BR>Founded 11-28-99<BR>25 Granite Street <BR>Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 =
USA=20
<BR>Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights. =
<BR>1-603-286-2492=20
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<BR><A=20
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ess.org</A>=20
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