Posted: 13 October, 2016

Homeless Kids Numbers Reach Crisis Level

Homelessness and children's groups desperate for intervention

The number of children seeking emergency help for homelessness has reached a crisis level.

More than 3200 children under the age of 9 sought emergency help last year.

While almost 5500 people under the age of 18 stayed in shelters - mainly victims of family violence and mental health issues.

Shelter SA - the state's peak housing body - has called for public recognition and intervention.

They say 'increasing drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues among the state's youth are impacting families and interfering with young people's ability to keep employment and housing'.

Homelessness advocates are also worried about potential federal funding cuts; the $230m National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness ends and is up for review next year.

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