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Almost 200 people homeless in Dubbo

Heath Fryer, Leticia Quince, Jo Whale, Brielle Holmes and Ashley Dunn from DOORWAYS which supports youth at risk of becoming homeless. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/SARAH HARVEY Heath Fryer, Leticia Quince, Jo Whale, Brielle Holmes and Ashley Dunn from DOORWAYS which supports youth at risk of becoming homeless. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/SARAH HARVEY

Would it surprise you to know that last year alone over 170 people were homeless in Dubbo or that a majority of those people were under the age of 30?

Cold, alone and helpless, these individuals make up just some of the 105,000 people left homeless last year.

In recent years there has been an increase of 42 per cent in homelessness, with many of these individuals under 25 years of age with some of the most common factors being violence, mental health issues, substance abuse and financial stress.

Last year alone Uniting Dubbo saw over 350 young people in need of support and Reconnect provided services to 89 clients.

Heath Fryer from the Reconnect and DOORWAYS program said that the impact this has on a young person’s physical and emotional well-being is huge.

“It affects their ability to engage or maintain engagement with education and employment, disrupts their relationships with their families, friends and peers and can influence the misuse of drugs and alcohol.”

With housing prices consistently increasing, it’s becoming even harder for the youth to become independent and support themselves.

“For homeless youth a lack of appropriate and affordable housing options means young people continue in a cycle of homelessness moving from crisis to crisis,” said Heath.

He hopes that the community will get behind homeless youth, giving them the chance to get back on their feet.

“We call upon the community to challenge the stereotypes and labels given to young people experiencing homelessness and walk with us to provide the care and support they deserve.”

On Wednesday, August 9, local organisations Uniting, Orana Support Service, Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre and Mission Australia came together in support of Homelessness Week for 2017, hosting a fun filled morning at Macquarie Lions Park.