Youth Homelessness

By Ruby,Aaron, Cassie and Matt

What is Youth Homelessness?

Youth Homelessness occurs when a young person finds themselves in a situation where their current living situation is not safe or stable and where they may be at risk of not having a place to live, or are already with out a place to stay.

Catholic Social Teaching and Declaration of Human Rights

  • Everyone has the right to an education.
  • Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for their health and well-being, including housing, medical care and social security in the event of unemployment, sickness, widowhood and old age.
  • Everyone has duties to the community to ensure the full recognition and respect for the rights of others.

Youth Homelessness Photos

What can we do to help?

  • Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen
  • donate clothes and money and volunteer time at St. Vincent De Pauls, Salvos and Red Cross etc
  • Provide someone who's having a hard time at home to your house
  • Recommend Place for help such as: Reach Out, Children's Help Line

What we know about Youth Homelessness

Studying this topic has been very interesting to find out what other peoples views are and what we know as a group and how we can improve this. We have found some statistics about homelessness and how shocking it is. One of the major stats we found is that on any given night one in 200 people are homeless. That means having around 400 people at our school 2 people are homeless. We have realised that being homeless doesn't mean you don't have any money but you might have gone through things in your life that is unexplainable like a drug addiction, teen pregnancy, family abuse, gambling and which may also lead to them taking their own lives.

We have became aware that it is very real in our communities and we would very much like to try and prevent it from the leading future and from our own lives. The hardest thing to think about is that kids our age and younger are sleeping with out a bed and a roof to cover their head. Finding out that just a simple sleeping bag will go such a long way we wonder why we haven't done it earlier. We take for granted so many things and people are living out on the streets with know where to sleep but a park bench. But we have some amazing people in the world that have opened up homes and shelters for these people to sleep in. They give them a bed to sleep in, food to eat and a place where they can feel safe.