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Young women ‘need safe housing’

Monday, 3 August 2020

Young women and mothers with children are a hidden part of society’s homelessness problem, experts will tell a public lecture in Adelaide this week. 

Many young people cycle in and out of homelessness as they survive violence and abuse as children, teenagers and young adults, say Flinders University experts who are leading an online Flinders University Brave lecture in Adelaide on Wednesday 5 August to mark 2020 Homelessness Week.

“We just do not see them as they ‘couch surf’, ‘hook up with other young people’, and navigate the hostel accommodations. They survive,” says Matthew Flinders Fellow and Professor in Social Work Sarah Wendt. 

Young women who experience homelessness are part of these hidden populations, increasingly with the COVID-19 pandemic putting pressure on family incomes, employment and welfare services. 

Australia is currently ranked 6th in the world when measured by the United Nations Human Development Indicators. However, the most recent ABS Census data in 2016 determined that more than 116,000 people were homeless. In South Australia, there are almost 6,000 people who are experiencing homelessness. 

More information

Name: Professor Sarah Wendt, Matthew Flinders Fellow and Professor of Social Work, Flinders University M: +61 (0) 0402124074 Esarah.wendt@flinders.edu.au  

Name: Tania Bawden, Media Adviser, Flinders University  
Tel: +61 8 8201 5768   Mob: +61 (0)434 101 516 Email: tania.bawden@flinders.edu.au