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One in seven Queenslanders at risk of becoming homeless, report finds

More than 44,000 young Australians are are homeless on any given night. Photo: SuppliedOne in seven Queensland teenagers are at risk of becoming homeless, a Mission Australia report has found.

Mission Australia’s Home & Away Child and Youth Homelessness report took data collected from the 2015 Youth Survey to look at why the rate of youth homelessness was almost double that of the general population, with more than 44,000 children and teenagers homeless on any given night across Australia.

Young Australians were asked about various aspects of home life including safety, comfort, time spent away from home and the frequency in which they moved residence.

More than 4000 Queensland teenagers aged 15 to 19 were surveyed.

The survey found one in seven Queensland teenagers had spent time away from home in the last three years, with a staggering 85 per cent having left home on more than one occasion, increasing the risk of “normalising” their experiences away from home and falling into homelessness.

Mission Australia Queensland state director Darren Young said those who left home usually stayed with family friends, relatives or friends and were often disconnected from their usual support systems.

“Often safety is a concern, so they have lost control who can come and go from where they are living. The other thing that could happen is that they get exposed to other connections that could see them experience with with drugs or criminal activity,” he said.

“Those are the things that have long lasting impacts on young people.”

The report also found 8 per cent of young Queenslanders stayed away from home for longer than six months and were at an increased risk of becoming homeless.

It was found over half of those who’d left home at least once reported either a “poor” or “fair” relationship with their family.

Of the 40 per cent of young Queenslanders who had moved house in the last five years, one in five of those had moved more than once, with the most common reason for moving involving family breakdown or conflict.

About one quarter of those who cited family breakdown or conflict as the reason for moving had moved at least four times in the past three years, which increased their feeling of isolation and separation from friends or supportive networks.

Severely crowded conditions, domestic and family violence or family conflict were the main drivers for youth homelessness in Australia, along with the number of times children moved house with their family.

Mr Young said abuse or family violence were among the key contributors to young Queenslanders leaving the family home.

“Largely family relationship breakdowns and instances of abuse in the family contribute to a young person going ‘I have to get out of here’,” Mr Young said.

“Alongside that there are some reasons children decide to leave quickly, one in 12 young people have experienced some sort of physical abuse and or witnessed family violence.”

While the drivers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and children leaving home were the same as for non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the prevalence of homelessness was higher due to socioeconomic disadvantage, a severe shortage of appropriate housing in remote locations and a history of dispossession.

The report found those who moved out of home also experienced higher levels of psychological distress, higher reports of attempted suicide, higher unemployment rates, greater likelihood of leaving school early, poorer health outcomes and higher prevalence of health conditions.

Mr Young said more programs like federally funded Reconnect were needed to intervene in young Queenslander’s lives at an early stage to assist them with their issues.

“With Reconnect, we are intervening as early as possible once we become aware of a problem, we found where we do that as early as we can, with the other range of support in place, we get good outcome,” Mr Young said.

“We look at how can we reconnect them back to their family, maybe just reconnecting them to a brother or sister or staff engaging with mum or dad and liaising with mental health services and drug and alcohol services.

“We know from our experience that the long term prospects for young people who become homeless are not good. It makes sense to intervene early to address the risk factors rather than waiting until a young person is already homeless.

“We believe early intervention models should be expanded, especially family engagement services.”

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