Youth Homelessness Matters Day – 17 April

Wednesday 17 April 2024 is Youth Homelessness Matters Day – the annual national day to raise awareness, break stereotypes, and advocate for greater supports for young people experiencing homelessness.

Youth Homelessness Matters Day is also an opportunity to pause and acknowledge the strength, determination, and spirit exhibited by young individuals facing homelessness.  Despite complex barriers, we know that with the right supports young people can move out of crisis towards brighter futures.

The current situation is dire. Thousands of young lives are marred by instability, fear, and trauma, with young people experiencing the highest rates of homelessness in the country.

Last year, 38,300 children and young people (15–24 years old) presented alone needing support from a specialist homelessness service (SHS) – 13,706 were not able to get the support they needed.

Let’s come together to demand change. Through advocacy, collaboration, and targeted investments in housing and support services, we can break the cycle of youth homelessness and ensure that every young person has access to a safe and stable place to call home.


What can you do?

This is a national emergency that demands immediate action. We CAN end child and youth homelessness together.

Share to raise awareness

Share the official #YHMD2024 social tiles below to help bring critical attention to the youth homelessness crisis.


Donate to Brisbane Youth Service to help create new futures for young people experiencing homelessness.

Sign the petition

Sign the petition to develop a standalone national strategy to end child and youth homelessness.

Organise your school or workplace to collect donations of non-perishable food or sleeping bags for young people experiencing homelessness. Contact to find out more.


Downloadable resources to share




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