38% of all Australians experiencing homelessness are under the age of 25.

The leading causes of youth homelessness are housing crisis, family violence, 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 break the cycle of disadvantage without adequate support.

Young people who experience homelessness are more likely to disengage with education and employment and to be exposed to factors which are detrimental to their health. At Stepping Stone House, we believe access to a safe and nurturing home is a fundamental human right.

Help us raise $800,000 to accommodate and care for 21 at-risk youth for an entire year, giving them a greater chance to succeed in life.

Who Are We?

For 30 years, Stepping Stone House has provided safety, 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, and have helped over 450 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 the very best they can be.

Every dollar raised at Sleep Under the Stars will help support and care for youth who are unable to live with their families.