Youth Homelessness Matters Day

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Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) is an annual day which seeks to highlight the issue of youth homelessness in Australia.[1] YHM Day is supported by the National Youth Coalition for Housing. NYCH supports and informs groups across the country who wish to inform the community about youth homelessness.[2]

YHMD began in 2005 as an initiative of youth workers from Youth Accommodation Interagency Nepean (YAIN), a Nepean Region interagency of youth services that work with homeless young people. The Youth homelessness peak of NSW (Yfoundations) was equally concerned regarding the lack of public awareness about young people at risk or experiencing homelessness. Yfoundations was also concerned at the lack of awareness at the political and policy level and the lack of traction on the political/policy agenda.

Theme in 2010[edit]

The theme for the 2010 Youth Homelessness Matters Day was 'Countdown- Everyone Counts".[3]

Theme in 2011[edit]

The theme for the 2011 Youth Homelessness Matters day was 'Hide and Seek - the hidden nature of youth homelessness in Australia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Morello, Vincent (2010-04-13). "Couch Surfing Risky for Homeless Youth". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  2. ^ "National Youth Coalition for Housing - NYCH". 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 9, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 

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