South Australian Policy Online

 

 

News & Opinion

You are here: South Australian Policy Online > News & Opinion  

South Australia's homeless young sleeping on friends' couches

Monday, 8 April 2013
Author: Callie Watson, AdelaideNow
Sarah Jean lived with friends before finding a rental property. Picture: Dylan Coker Source: adelaidenow

Sarah Jean lived with friends before finding a rental property. Picture: Dylan Coker Source: adelaidenow
Full Image (61.83K)

SOUTH Australians as young as 14 are couch-surfing from one friend's loungeroom to another in what experts call an "invisible phenomenon".

Welfare agencies say demand for crisis and long-term accommodation outstrips supply and a lack of affordable housing forces young people to live with friends.

University of Adelaide Associate Professor and urban sociologist Susan Oakley is conducting research on the topic.

"Couch surfing is a growing, invisible phenomenon," she said. "Because it's hidden it's hard to calculate how many do it.

"They might have a roof over their heads, but couch surfing can put people in unsafe situations."

Professor Oakley said teens as young as 14 couch-surfed and family breakdown was among the reasons young people left home early.

Census figures show 6113 people were homeless in 2011, including 1453 aged 12- 25 but some service providers believe the actual numbers are much higher.

To view the full article visit: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/south-australias-homeless-young-sleeping-on-friends-couches/story-e6frea83-1226614389164

Contact

The Advertiser (email)
website
31 Waymouth Street
Adelaide 5000
Business: 1300 130 370