Building beds for teenagers

'Once young people become homeless...they don't have a good ending'

RENOVATIONS are under way on the building that could prevent some of Wangaratta's youth becoming homeless.

RENOVATIONS are under way on the building that could prevent some of Wangaratta’s youth becoming homeless.

North East Support and Action for Youth (NESAY) is turning half of its Rowan Street office into temporary accommodation for teenagers between 14 and 17 years old.

But NESAY chief executive officer, Glen James, has said the accommodation will not be an emergency youth refuge, crisis centre or drop-in centre.

Offices are currently being stripped to create three bedrooms where there will be a total of six beds for teenagers who organise a planned stay because they are on the edge of a family breakdown.

Ms James said the LinX2Home project is an “early intervention model” that will aim to prevent homelessness by working through complicated issues between children and their parents, keeping the children in school and engaged with sports and other activities

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