Homeless problem in bay

IN THE past year, 91 homeless young people have sought the assistance of Youthcare in Hervey Bay - and president George Seymour wants the Fraser Coast to be aware that youth homelessness in the area is a bigger problem than they may think.

“Youth homelessness in our community is a larger issue than many people realise,” he said.

“In the previous year Youthcare accommodated 91 young people in our shelter.

“That is 91 young people whose lives were affected in some serious way, such as family breakdown, who required accommodation.”

Mr Seymour said the shelter provided food and support for young people, ensuring they went to school or, if they were old enough, helping them to find a job.

Young people are also taught life skills at the shelter, such as cooking and how to shop to a budget.

“We have to cater for a range of different scenarios,” Mr Seymour said.

Youthcare was established in Hervey Bay in 1990.

“In the 20 years that we have been operating Hervey Bay has changed a great deal. But the need for our service remains.”

Mr Seymour said working at Youthcare had personally been very fulfilling, whether it was in the capacity of helping young people get through school, find a job or reunite with their families.

“It (Youthcare) really has an impact on the lives of young people.

“These are young people whose lives are ahead of them; they have unlimited potential.

“When they come to our service they are at their most vulnerable.

“I am proud of the way that the community of Hervey Bay has supported Youthcare over the previous decades and I know that as a community we will continue to work together to help our young people reach their full potential.”

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