Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.July 30, 2014 3:55am
Seventeen-year-old Jason* did not know where he would live this week.
When he was kicked out of home earlier this year the Benalla P-12 College student was taken in by a local community member.
But this week that living arrangement could not continue, and Jason did not know where he would stay.
‘‘It hasn’t hit me yet,’’ he told the Ensign last week.
‘‘I have no idea where I’ll go.’’
Jason is one of several teenagers who are homeless in Benalla.
Sam*, 17, said he was left without somewhere to live earlier this year after he was told he could not live with his mother in Melbourne any more.
He moved in with his father in Benalla but said he moved out shortly after when he felt unsafe because of drug use by people within the home.
Sam did not know where he could go, but after a phone call to a friend he found himself in the home of Libby Skilbeck.
The Benalla mother has provided temporary accommodation to four teenagers at her home within the past year, including Sam and Jason.
‘‘If it wasn’t for Libby I’d probably be under a bit of tin in someone’s paddock,’’ Sam said.
According to the 2011 Census about 6130 Victorians between the ages of 12 and 25 have nowhere to call home, and almost 60 per cent of homelessness service users are under the age of 25.
The trio spoke to the Ensign last week in a bid to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
For full story see this week’s Ensign.
Police have located Ethan Clark.
At the presentations located at the half-way mark of YMGCR's Lake Course, PGA Legends Co-Ordinator Andy Rogers said, "It's been a great three days.
Tatura’s rainfall for the last three months of 2015, 116.6mm, was marginally down on the long-term average for the same period, 120.8mm.
LOVE is in the air at Bupa Echuca’s aged care home ahead of Valentine’s Day on Sunday.
ROCHESTER has welcomed a new family into the community this year.
More of the districts newest preps
No end to V/Line's troubles
The Finley community will always remember the tremendous Trevor Hendy, who was friends with everyone.
TOOLLEEN Recreation Reserve Committee of Management presented three awards on Australia Day in front of 80 local residents.
%Cobram’s new, state-of-the-art library is a step closer to reality, with construction works expected to begin at the Punt Rd site within weeks.
World War II veteran Max Gunn reflects on town's historic recognition.
There’s been a big win for SPC and Australian tomato growers.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.