YHARS: supporting homeless young people
The Rockhampton and central Queensland areas face special employment and training challenges.
For example, central Queensland has seen a consecutive series of mine closures, such as BMA shut down its Crinum mine, located 62km north east of Emerald. News Corp reports more than 12,000 jobs have been lost in the mining sector since the peak of the boom.
Youth in central Queensland face special challenges – unemployment in some areas is as high as 46%.
For the past five years, CTC has supported a program called Youth Housing and Reintegration Service (YHARS) which has helped more than 650 young people aged 12-21, either homeless or at risk of homelessness, in the Rockhampton and Livingstone areas, find safe accommodation and re-engage in a constructive life through education and training.
YHARS is a joint federal and state funded initiative, part of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
YHARS is a free, confidential service for young people aged 12-21 who are experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of becoming homeless.
Young people are assisted to obtain safe accommodation and develop skills to live independently. YHARS provides support to address a range of key life domains such as:
- Education, training and job related qualifications and employment
- Income support
- Health and personal development
Of the 150 YHARS clients supported in the 14/15 financial year, 32% were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and nearly 60% were female.
Some of the triggers include family breakdown; escaping family violence or sexual abuse; clients and/or parents struggling with drug and alcohol issues; emerging mental health issues and struggles with sexual identity.
To contact a YHARS support officer call 1800 616 289