HomeI Am A Young PersonAbout HomelessnessHow do homeless young people feel?

How do homeless young people feel?

Anxiety, depression

Most young people only have negative feelings about becoming homeless, while others feel a mixture of negative and optimistic feelings.

Negative feelings

  • unwanted by parents and/or grandparents
  • drained, frustrated, lost, worthless
  • judged
  • terrified, angry, upset, scared and worried
  • hopeless, depressed, down for a while, sad
  • hungry
  • suicidal

Mixture of negative and optimistic feelings

  • excitement for independence and starting a life with endless possibilities
  • relieved, weight lifted, confident, in a good place
  • (happy and) stressed, overwhelmed, under pressure
  • sometimes wanting to go home
  • scared, mixed emotions, confusion

Most difficult aspects of homelessness

The negative feelings of homeless young people can be due to the following:

  • facing the high cost of temporary accommodation (hotels/motels/caravan parks)
  • experiencing hunger and not being able to afford regular meals
  • difficulty with:
    • getting access to Centrelink entitlements without parental co-operation or a fixed address
    • building a foundation with much stability
    • forging new relationships while homeless
  • pressure on social connections

"[it’s]... hard to get stability without [having some] stability".

"..using all your energy to get through the day you can't study, can't work, can't save, can't work towards something with no foundation or base, money comes in, goes out".

"finding a place to stay at all. I was staying in the car while doing physical work every day....And hunger. I'd eat once per day. I would buy fish and chips to get a hot meal."*


* Young people's comments cited from the report below:

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