The April 2015 “Too Much Too Young: Responding to Young People at Risk of Homelessness” edition






Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons

The Australian Youth Homeless Experience: Evidence from a Longitudinal Survey of Homeless Youth

Paul Flatau University of Western Australia Centre for Social Impact (UWA CSI), Monica Thielking and David MacKenzie, Swinburne University of Technology and Adam Steen, Charles Sturt University

Feature: Responding to Young People at Risk of Homelessness

The Politics of Early Intervention

Associate Professor David MacKenzie Swinburne University, Dr Michael Coffey, Yfoundations

Family Reconciliation Mediation Program Turns Ten!

David Crawford, Team Leader, Homelessness Early Intervention Services Frontyard, Linda Schwan and Yin Zhang, Family Reconciliation Mediation Program Melbourne Community Development Workers, Melbourne City Mission

Young People Transitioning From Out-of-Home Care and Housing

Associate Professor Philip Mendes, Director of the Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit, Department of Social Work at Monash University

The Geelong Project: From Local Innovation to System Reform

Mike Kelly, CEO, Time for Youth, Peter Jacobson, Operations Manager, Time for Youth, Anne-Marie Ryan, Executive Officer, Geelong Regional LLEN

Harnessing the Strength of Education to Deal with Risk

Nick Orchard, Education First Youth Foyer Manager at Kangan, Broadmeadows, Jon Deakin, Education First Youth Foyer Manager at Holmesglen, Glen Waverley, Sharon Rooney, Service Development Manager, Hanover Welfare Services

Young People Leaving Care and Homelessness: We still don’t have it right…

Sonia Chudiak, Senior Manager — Homelessness and Accommodation Services, Melbourne City Mission

Young People, Youth Justice and Homelessness

Aimee Chiller, Manager Housing and Complex Needs and Belinda Mignot, Project Worker Brosnan Services

Promoting Optimism: Detour’s Approach to Working with Young People at Risk of Family Violence

Juanita Jones, Melbourne City Mission

Young People in Boarding and Rooming Houses

Rebecca Nash, Manager, Dandenong Youth Programs, WAYSS Ltd

Young People’s Perspectives

Dr Lynne Keevers, Senior Lecturer, Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Helen Backhouse, Policy Adviser, Southern Youth and Family Services and Lisa MacLeod, Program Manager, Southern Youth and Family Services

The Role of Resilience in a Homeless Youth Population

Rachel Oldfield, Monica Thielking and David MacKenzie, Swinburne University of Technology, Paul Flatau, University of Western Australia Centre for Social Impact, Adam Steen, Charles Sturt University

What Does it Mean for a Young Person to be ‘at risk’ of Homelessness

Emma Jordan, Manager, Platform Youth Services, New South Wales

Foyer Warrnambool: Working With the Community

Jenny Hand, Foyer Warrnambool Manager and Chrissie Duncan, Foyer Warrnambool Senior Caseworker

Stablising More than Blood Sugar: Effective use of Sector Partnerships and Collaboration

Dale Hardy, Operations Manager, Hope St Youth and Family Services and Cath Flanagan, Community Nurse, Royal District Nursing Service, Homeless Persons Program

Education Pathway Housing

Tristan Higginbottom, Outreach Case Manager, Youth and Family Outreach Program (YFOP), The Salvation Army Crisis Services

Youth Refuge Accommodation: Assisting Young People on a Journey Towards Independence

Rob Ellis, Manager Youth and Family Services, The Salvation Army Crisis Services

Creating Recovery Systems for Homeless Young People who have experienced Complex Trauma

Rudy Gonzalez, Executive Director and Dr Jenine Godwin-Thompson, Research Manager, Lighthouse Institute

Engage and Empower Young People to Prevent Homelessness

Noelle Hudson and Leigh White, CREATE Foundation

How Early Intervention and Prevention Underpins the Victorian Response to Youth Homelessness

Ian Gough, Consumer Services Manager, Council to Homeless Persons

Preventing Youth Homelessness: My Personal Story

Joal Presincula, Peer Education Support Program Member

At-Risk of Homelessness, Again

Erin Field, Brisbane Youth Service


Donna Bennett

CEO, Hope Street Youth and Family Services

Rev Ric Holland

CEO, Melbourne City Mission