Supporting Homeless Youth
Habitat for Humanity South Australia is committed to supporting the 1 in 9 homeless youth access safe accommodation in Murray Bridge through the Studio Purpose project. Studio Purpose will provide safe accommodation in combination with support services. Studio Purpose is a partnership with ac.care, Anglicare SA, headspace, Rural City of Murray Bridge, and SA Housing Authority. Habitat for Humanity’s role is to refurbish and renovate the units and help create a space for young people to live in stability and safety.
The vision of Studio Purpose is to give these vulnerable young people the best chance to improve their lives by providing safe accommodation in combination with key support services.
A key focus of Studio Purpose will be working with the young tenants to develop their ‘next steps’ in housing. If possible, reconnect them and reunify them with their families; But if this is not possible, help them to live independently in private rental, community or public housing.
Sadly, nearly 200 youth aged 15 – 21 are homeless or at risk of homelessness every day in the Murray Bridge region. Young people experiencing homelessness are less likely to attend school, secure a job, maintain friendships or eat properly. They’re more likely to experience mental health issues, substance abuse and engage in criminal activity. And, if they don’t get the right support now, they are at risk of facing homelessness for life. None of us want that. We are excited to be part of a solution to this issue – Studio Purpose.
Studio Purpose addresses the lack of safe accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness in the Murray Bridge region. Once complete, Studio Purpose will include four self-contained, fully furnished units for short-term rent by youth aged 15 to 21. But it’s about much more than a warm bed and welcoming space. Studio Purpose will also work with youth to provide the practical support required for success focusing on their health and wellbeing, access to education and training, their connection with their local community and their longer-term sustainable housing options.
Habitat for Humanity’s role is to refurbish and renovate the units. That’s what we do. We
are a builder. We will create a space for young people to live. Our project partners will provide valuable case management and practical support
services needed to help these young people be the best version of themselves. Our partners will focus on the youth’s:
• Health and wellbeing
• Education and training
• Connection and engagement