Yfoundations believes the Government must take a two-pronged approach to addressing youth at risk within NSW and that this needs to include preserving families while also acknowledging and supporting young people who are unable to go home and who are missed or too old to qualify for Out of Home Care.
Yfoundations’ CEO, Michael Coffey, said “In an austerity budget, I think youth fared as well as could be expected but I am concerned that there is no additional investment into the Specialist Youth Homelessness sector since it is a crucial part of the Government’s ability to support vulnerable and at risk young people. We must ensure that there are no, for lack of a better word, cracks within our youth support system.”
Yfoundations will continue to advocate for increases to the Specialist Youth Homelessness sector and affordable housing, so that young people who are unable to go home and cannot access the private rental market, have stable, safe and appropriate housing and support.
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