Funds awarded for youth support
Homelessness Assistance Youth Service, YP Space MNC, and Northern Rivers Social Development Council, have together been selected for an important accommodation support service in the Mid and Far North Coast aimed at helping young offenders with a history of homelessness gain independent living and stay out of custody. Department of Human Services, chief executive, juvenile justice, John Hubby, said that after a thorough tender process, the Supported Accommodation Service contract was awarded to a joint application from YP Space MNC and Northern Rivers Social Development Council for services on the Mid and Far North Coast respectively. “The service will target young offenders aged 13 to 18 years with complex needs and a history of homelessness. “It is important for the service to reach young people leaving detention, particularly Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people and those under 16 years old. “The most recent survey of young people in custody revealed that six per cent were residing in unsettled accommodation or had ‘no fixed place of abode’, with young women representing 18 per cent. More than one-quarter (27 per cent) had moved two or more times in the six months prior to custody, and this was more for Aboriginal young people at nearly a third (32 per cent)."