Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness.
Kids Under Cover supports vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness by building studios
There are many ways to get involved and help at-risk young people and their families.
We are a charity organisation in Australia supporting vulnerable young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years who are either already homeless or at risk of homelessness.
We build relocatable, one and two bedroom studios, with a bathroom, in the backyard of a family or carer’s home. The extra room relieves overcrowding, eases tension and provides young people with a secure and stable environment. The studio remains in place for as long as it’s required. Kids Under Cover will relocate a studio up to four times during its lifetime, to help other families in need.
We then complement with scholarships for education or job training, offsetting basic education costs to empower young people to achieve their goals. Not only are our scholarships awarded to young people residing in our studio, but also their siblings in the main home –helping to break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage.
Kids Under Cover was established in 1989 by well known Melbourne identity, Ken Morgan OAM, who felt compelled to respond to the findings of the Senate National Inquiry into youth homelessness, known as the ‘Burdekin Report’ (read the report here).
The disturbing findings of the inquiry moved Ken to raise the funds to build a house for homeless young mothers. Ken’s passion to increase the support offered to young people facing homelessness instigated the birth of Kids Under Cover. Ken was determined to fill the huge gap in support offered to young people in the community.