Today, Rod met with Jo Swift, the CEO of Kids Under Cover to learn more about the vital resource they offer to vulnerable young people in our community.
They provide studios to young people at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness. These studios cost as little as $58k to build and it takes only 2-4 months from the planning application to keys handover.
These studios can be relocated once built and have almost no ongoing costs but will change a young person’s life!!
The financial cost of addressing the needs of young people experiencing homelessness can be up to 22 times more per annum than that spent on Kids Under Cover’s youth homelessness prevention programs.
Last year, due to COVID, Kids Under Cover saw a significant increase in the number of young people applying for a studio. Last year alone 900 young people joined the waitlist. However, Kids Under Cover only have access to resources to build 100 studios, of which only 18 are funded by the government!
Housing first must always come first.
Kids Under Cover must have access to the resources they need to provide safe and affordable housing to our young people who are at risk of homelessness.