Accommodating homeless young people with mental health issues

While local authorities do not have a statutory obligation to house people, they do have general responsibility under the Housing Act 1988 for the provision of housing for adults who cannot afford to provide it for themselves.

Action Plan: An Action Plan to tackle emergency and short-term homelessness was announced in December 2014, including: The main legislation dealing with homelessness includes the Health Act 1953, the Housing Act 1988 and the Child Care Act 1991.

We assist homeless young people and young families to find and maintain safe, stable accommodation and to develop the skills needed to maintain their own property. Brisbane Youth Service endeavours to find appropriate housing for young people and young families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.

With a vision to provide ‘New Futures for Young People’, BYS has been operating in Fortitude Valley since 1977.

Section 2 of the Housing Act 1988 states that you are considered homeless if: Often the term ‘out-of-home’ is used to refer to people who have nowhere to live.


This term recognises the fact that you may have a home that you cannot return to (for whatever reason).

In that time we have helped tens of thousands of young people (aged 12-25) experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, and their accompanying children.


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