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Early intervention key to reduce homelessness

Mission Australia’s Youth Mental Health and Homelessness Report released last week gives findings from the Mission Australia Youth Survey, showing poor family functioning and serious mental illness are factors that impact on the risks of homelessness for young people aged 15 to 19 years living in Australia.

A safe and secure home provides a firm foundation from which young people can grow and thrive. It allows them to build strong social relationships, study, learn a trade or embark on their chosen career.

Family conflict, violence and mental illness can lead to sporadic couch surfing and possibly entrenched homelessness.