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
YES Partnerships underpin all of Kids Under Cover’s work
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The concept of ‘World Homeless Day’ emerged from online discussions between people working to respond to homelessness from various parts of the world. The Inaugural World Homeless Day was marked on the 10th of October 2010. Since its founding, World Homeless Day has been observed on every continent except Antarctica, in several dozen countries.
Solving the intractable problem of homelessness
Nationally, homelessness has increased almost 14% in five years, to a staggering 116,000 people, shockingly, two in every five are under the age of 25.
More than 25,000 young people aged 12-24 were counted as homeless on Census night 2016. Listen to Ultra106.5 FM
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census data, children are over-represented in the homeless population with nearly a quarter of all homeless people in Australia aged under-18.
In addition over 15,000 of these young people nationally are living in severely overcrowded dwellings with no bathroom, kitchen or privacy. According to the Bureau of Statistics, they have no facilities, are unable to pursue social relations or have any personal living space.
Kids Under Cover is calling on leaders to urgently address the factors which have contributed to 116,000 Australians being counted as homeless. It is time for a National Plan to end homelessness with early intervention and prevention strategies at the centre of the Plan.
The homelessness crisis visibly gripping our nation will continue to increase if more is not done to prevent people from becoming homeless – and it must begin with our young people.
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Overcrowding creates a lack of space and privacy. Young people living in severely overcrowded homes often have no space to study, no privacy or stability. Over 51,000 Australians now suffer from severe overcrowding – 10,000 more people than just five years ago. According to the recently released 2016 Census data, it’s mainly families that are affected.
Severe overcrowding is much more serious than two siblings sharing a bedroom. The ABS defines severe overcrowding as a home in which at least four extra bedrooms would be needed to adequately accommodate the residents.