Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness.
We offer young people the unique combination of supported housing options with scholarships
There are many ways to get involved and help at-risk young people and their families.
Kids Under Cover supports vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness by building studios
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Our studios support young people at risk of homelessness, families at risk of breakdown, kinship care and foster carers seeking additional space to accommodate young people in their care.
The Studio Program is Kids Under Cover’s core initiative. Through its partnership with more than 60 Community Service Organisations (CSOs) in Victoria, Kids Under Cover delivers an early intervention strategy aimed to prevent youth homelessness.
One and two bedroom studios, with bathroom, are installed in the backyard of existing dwellings to assist families at risk of breakdown, kinship care, or foster carers who need more room to accommodate young people in their care. This studio provides support to young people and to their families or carers, while providing semi-independent living space for the young person to live and study. Once the studio is no longer required, it is relocated to accommodate another young person in need.
Our studios are built with Durra Panel, an environmentally friendly product made from straw without additional chemical binders. The entire kit is flat-packed with pre-assembled frames and transported to the installation location. Studios can be constructed and fully fitted within 10 days, they have a life-span of 20 years, and can be relocated up to four times.
To ensure studios stay in top condition we monitor our studios in a formal audit process. The audit data collected also allows us to improve our budgeting and scheduling of studio maintenance, ensuring maximum longevity of the asset.
Providing Stable and Secure Homes for Young People.
The Studio Program is at the core of our work in preventing youth homelessness. We offer one and Read more >
Applying for a studio may seem like a daunting task. Check out the most frequently asked questions we receive below for more information to help Find out more >
Kids Under Cover works with more than 60 Community Service Organisations (CSOs) in Australia. These organisations may already be working with families and young people Read more >
Making a Difference -
Since the Kids Under Cover Studio Program officially began in 1993, we have been analysing our services and their results through interviews Read more >
Evolution of the Kids Under Cover studio design and build
Over the years, as new building materials become available, standards updated and we learn more about Read more >
2018 Department of Health & Human Services Student Scholarship Program applications NOW OPEN
Education is one of the most important investments a country can make in its Find out more >
Are you a business that wants to make a difference?
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Harris HMC is a Melbourne construction company that has partnered with Kids Under Cover to install our studios. Travis Lambe, General Manager of Harris HMC Read more >
The difference a Kids Under Cover studio makes to the lives of young people and their carers can be life changing