Homeless people. Care leavers

P. Mendes, G. Johnson

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Young people leaving out-of-home care are arguably one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in Australia. Compared to their peers, care leavers face problems accessing educational, employment, housing, and other developmental opportunities. Care leavers have been found to experience significant health, social, and educational deficits including homelessness, involvement in juvenile crime and prostitution, mental and physical health problems, poor educational and employment outcomes, inadequate social support systems, and early parenthood. This article examines the housing circumstances of care leavers, and particularly why so many care leavers experience poor housing outcomes including chronic instability and homelessness. Attention is drawn to recent Australian studies that suggest a range of support models that may lead to better outcomes for care leavers. © 2012

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Housing and Home
EditorsSusan J. Smith
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780080471716
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Australia
  • Homelessness
  • Housing instability
  • Outcomes
  • Post care support
  • Social relationships
  • State out-of-home care

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