Mean streets: homeless youths from Orange feature in academic report

Twelve young people in Orange who have experienced homelessness before they turned 18 have been interviewed as part of an Australia-wide survey being conducted by university academics.

One of the authors of The Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia study, Professor Adam Steen of Charles Sturt University, said of the 12 young people interviewed who had experienced homelessness, half identified as having a mental health issue.

“We surveyed 400 young people Australia-wide and when our final report is collated later this year it will have major implications for policy makers and service providers,” Professor Steen said.

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