The Andrews Labor Government is providing more funding to keep young people off the streets and connected with family and friends.
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today announced $3.39 million funding for the Kids Under Cover studio program, which provides relocatable one and two bedroom studio accommodation for young Victorians aged 12 to 25.
The program provides safe housing within the family home, allowing more space for families and independence to young people. Kids Under Cover helps alleviate family tensions, keeping family and support networks together.
According to the 2011 Census, almost 10,000 people experiencing homelessness in Victoria were under the age of 24, representing 43 per cent of the homeless population on any given night.
The Labor Government’s investment will mean 60 families facing overcrowding or family breakdown will be able to install a unit, and stay together on the one property.
Research shows young people who experience homelessness are more likely to be homeless long term, so it’s important young people facing the risk of homelessness due to overcrowding or family breakdown get the support they need.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
“There are too many young Victorians becoming homeless as a result of family breakdown, trauma, or overcrowding. We’re changing that.”
“The Kids Under Cover studio program will ensure more young Victorians have a safe and secure place to call home – and one that keeps them connected with family and friends.”
“Initiatives like these help break the cycle of disadvantage, and change the lives of young Victorians for the better.”
Quotes attributable to Kids Under Cover Chief Executive Jo Swift
“This funding clearly shows that Minister Foley and the Andrews Government are serious about the prevention of youth homelessness.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020