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Young people experience significant rates of homelessness  and this experience as a young person has been identified as one of the major pathways into longer term homelessness for adults .
41,780 young people
aged 15–24 approached specialist homelessness agencies alone; over half of them were homeless (52%).
Over the 4 years since the beginning of the SHS collection in 2011–12 the number of young people presenting alone to an agency has fluctuated. Key trends over these 4 years have been:
In 2014–15 changes occurred in the way agencies are required to report 'main reason' and 'reasons for seeking assistance'. Comparisons over time should be made with caution as the reporting of housing crisis, financial difficulties and housing affordability stress may be inconsistent between agencies. See Technical information for further details.
Source: Specialist homelessness services Annual Reports 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15.
In 2014–15 16% of all clients (41,780 people) accessing specialist homelessness services were young people (aged 15–24) who presented alone. This represents a 6% reduction in client numbers compared with 2013–14 and a trend observed in all states and territories.
For 39% of these clients they lived alone at the time of approaching a specialist homelessness agency and a further 15% lived as a couple, either with or without children.
The majority of young people presenting alone were female (63%) and 79% were aged between 18 and 24.
Note: Excludes 'Other basic assistance', 'Advice/information', and 'Advocacy/liaison on behalf of client'.
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table YOUNG.3 (702KB XLS).
For young people presenting alone who had closed support periods:
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table YOUNG.4 (702KB XLS).
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