Rachael Brown - Yahoo News
A national study into youth homelessness is recommending interventions to help school-aged young people, who are couch surfing or have run away from home, avoid a life of adult homelessness.
The Cost of Youth Homelessness study is a joint project by Swinburne, Western Australia and Charles Sturt universities and will soon reveal the federal cost of youth homelessness.
The study's initial snapshot report looked at the cost to homeless youths themselves, both social and psychological.
"What would society be willing to pay in order to move people from a low quality of life, a life in which they have high psychological distress, and get them into housing and education and a full life ahead of them?" Paul Flatau from the University of Western Australia said.
The report found at least 44,000 Australians aged younger than 25 were homeless and most of them were couch surfing.
The main catalyst for youth homelessness is family conflict. An example of this situation is Lily.