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The cost of youth homelessness

AHURI research featured in report identifying health and justice costs from youth homelessness in Australia

5 May 2016

A new research briefing, The cost of youth homelessness in Australia, has cited a number of AHURI research reports. The research was produced by researchers from the Swinburne University Institute for Social Research, the University of Western Australia and Charles Sturt University in partnership with The Salvation Army, Mission Australia and Anglicare Canberra & Goulburn.

The research identified that the costs to the Australian community of health and justice services for young people experiencing homelessness is an average of $17,868 per person per year (not including other costs such as lower employment rates etc.). In 2014–15, 41,780 young people aged 15–24 were clients of Specialist Homeless Services, which meant an estimated $747 million of additional health and justice costs to the Australian economy.

The following AHURI research was cited in this research briefing:

... the costs to the Australian community ... for young people experiencing homelessness is an average of $17,868 per person per year

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