It is not about
not having a roof over your head.

It’s about
not having a place to call home.

What is youth homelessness?

Most young people experiencing homelessness aren’t sleeping on the streets. Rather they fall into the ‘hidden homelessness’ category:  

People sleeping in cars, couch surfing, or staying in other temporary types of accommodation including boarding houses, crisis accommodation, squats, or severely crowded dwellings.¹

A home means a sense of security, stability, privacy, safety, and the ability to control living space. (Mallet, 2004).

Anyone without regular access to conventional accommodation could be considered homeless.²

Homelessness includes people living in unsafe family circumstances, for example where child abuse or where domestic violence has occurred or is a very real threat. 

What causes youth homelessness?

Homelessness is not just the result of too few houses. Its causes are many and varied.³


  • A shortage of affordable housing 
  • Severe overcrowding / housing crisis 


  • Unemployment 
  • Domestic and family violence 
  • Eviction 
  • Exiting State care 
  • Poverty, often intergenerational 


  • Mental illness, psychological distress  
  • Drug and alcohol abuse 

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2. Chamberlain, C., Johnson, G., and Robinson, C. (eds) (2014) Homelessness in Australia – an introduction NewSouth Publishing, Sydney.
3. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2008.