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National Homeless Persons Week 2-9 August

This year Homelessness Australia is collaborating with the Australian Federal Police's Missing Person's Coordination Centre.

The theme for Homeless Persons' Week (HPW) 2009 is

WHERE DO THEY GO?

The theme highlights the question asked by many when their loved ones go missing and when missing people are also homeless. The theme also asks the question of where do the many go who arehomeless including families and children who are turned away from over crowded shelters.

Every night in Australia, around 105,000 people are homeless. Contrary to popular perception, close to half of all people experiencing homelessness in Australia are under 25, and nearly a quarter are younger than 18, some of which are most likely listed as missing.

35,000 people are reported missing every year in Australia - 20,000 are under the age of 18. Although 98% of people are found within a short period of time, there are currently 1,600 long-term missing persons, some of which are most likely to be homeless.

How can you help?

  • Begin organising an activity now, such as a morning tea or luncheon to raise funds
  • Small contributions are great...get kids to do posters
  • Involve your school/community through newsletters

To find out more, visit www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au

Information courtesy of Homelessness Australia.

Mercy Family & Youth Services are dedicated to helping homeless youths in Perth. We run accommodation and support programmes to help re-build the lives of young people that feel they have nowhere left to turn. If you or someone you know is facing homelessness then click here to find out how Mercy Family & Youth Services can help.