38% of all Australians experiencing homelessness are under the age of 25
Migrants and refugees account for 15% of the homeless population
The leading causes of youth and migrant homelessness are family separation and breakdown
Sadly, young people often end up on the streets to escape situations of domestic and family violence, abuse and neglect. Many are suffering from emotional trauma and mental illness, making it difficult for them to succeed in life without adequate support.
Family breakdown is one of the leading causes of homelessness among young people and is a direct cause of homelessness for young migrants and refugees. Refugee families are more at risk of breakdown because of specific circumstances associated with the refugee experience: the impact of trauma and loss, disrupted and re-configured family relations and overcrowded housing.
Help us raise $400,000 to accommodate and care for 13 homeless and disadvantaged young people for a year.
Who Are We?
Founded in 1989, Stepping Stone House provides a safe and secure home, education and care for vulnerable young people aged 12 – 24. Unlike short-term shelters, we are a dedicated family, supporting young people from adolescence through to adulthood and beyond. We are truly in it for the long haul – we are there for life.
For more than 20 years, Stepping Stone House has helped over 400 young people to become self-sufficient and educated young adults. Through educational development, adventure programs, community volunteering, mentoring and counselling, we equip young people with the self-care and life skills they need to become independent and succeed in life.
Sleep Under the Stars is the flagship fundraising event of Stepping Stone House. Every dollar raised will help support and care for youth aged 12 – 24 who are homeless or unable to live with their families.