Celebrating 30 Years

Building foundations to prevent youth homeslessness since 1989

Kids Under Cover has been working for 30 years to prevent youth homelessness. We support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years who are either already homeless or at risk of homelessness.

In 1989 the federal government released “Our Homeless Children – Report of the National Inquiry into Homeless Children” by Brian Burdekin. The disturbing findings moved our founder, Ken Morgan OAM, to raise the funds to build a house for homeless young mothers. This coupled with Ken’s passion to increase the support offered to young people facing homelessness instigated the birth of Kids Under Cover.

We are the only not-for-profit organisation in Australia delivering the unique combination of studio accommodation (placed in backyards) and education scholarships as a practical and proven strategy in preventing youth homelessness. It is our mission to provide young people at risk of homelessness the foundations to strengthen their connection to family, community, and education and make a lasting difference in their lives.

Our Solution

Kids Under Cover Studios

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.

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Scholarships

We complement our studios 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.

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About Us

Building Foundations to Prevent Youth Homelessness Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness. We are a charity organisation in Australia supporting vulnerable

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Together we can make a difference! There are a variety of ways to be involved in the work that we do at Kids Under Cover.  Without

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