Shortages in crisis housing leaving hundreds of homeless youths in Melbourne’s outer south with nowhere to go

Jack Knight was 18 when a family breakdown left him homeless, in Frankston, in 2015.

He spent a couple of nights on a friend’s couch before he ended up sleeping in a garage.

“It was very cold,” he said.

“I kind of just started wandering around Frankston, because I just didn’t know what to do next.”

He said he came across a youth hangout, and someone offered him a sausage in bread.

“I was just, like, I just have nowhere to go,” he said.

A support worker helped him into transitional housing, and then into a share house.

Nowhere local to refer young people

Mr Knight started studying youth work, and now helps other young people facing homelessness, as a case manager with a support service in Frankston.

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