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When a person becomes homeless, even briefly, the impacts can be complex and long-lasting. For children and young people, the effects of homelessness are often traumatic and greatly affect their wellbeing and relationships, leading to fewer opportunities and an increased likelihood of social exclusion.
Many homeless young people become exposed to drug use, inadequate nutrition, limited access to medical care, very limited social support, repeated abuse and violence, unsafe sexual practices and inadequate or unsafe shelters.
They may also use risky ways to survive that may lead them to come into contact with the criminal justice system or experiencing physical and/or mental health problems.
For more information
Homeless People and Homelessness
National Homelessness Information Clearinghouse
Council to Homeless Persons
Emergency shelter and homelessness
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Youth Healthline on 1300 13 17 19 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).