Organisation of the
Kids Under Cover was established in 1989 when founder Ken Morgan became
aware of the huge gap in support provided to Victoria's homeless young
people. Back then the rate of homeless young Australianís each night was
around 11,000. Now, close to 20 years on, that rate has doubled.
Whilst Kids Under Cover have continued to grow and
establish themselves as a driving force in the fight against youth
homelessness, there remain significant barriers to reducing this alarming
rate. According to the Youth Commissionís Australiaís Homeless Youth report
in April 2008, the two main reasons for homelessness are a breakdown of
interpersonal relationships and financial/housing problems due to the lack
of adequate, affordable and secure housing. These issues intensify the need
for Kids Under Cover services.
Kids Under Cover believe that every
young person has the right to a safe and secure home and a sound education.
They focus on preventing at risk young people from becoming homeless due to
issues such as overcrowding, mental health, disability, single parent, drug
and alcohol and housing affordability and where possible, keeping families
together by raising funds to construct purpose built houses and demountable
bungalows. As a result, the young people are given a safe, secure and stable
environment to grow, nurturing them into a healthy adulthood.
Kids Under Cover works in collaboration with Community
Service Organisations such as the Mirabel Foundation and Anglicare who
identify the early signs of issues the family are confronting and where a
bungalow will be the most effective solution when combined with the existing
support. The bungalow program in particular has proven to be extremely
beneficial, delivering 279% return on investment, an estimated $5.6m per
annum in economic benefits to the Australian economy and providing positive
social outcomes to the majority of the young people.
Another critical part of this journey to healthy
adulthood is education. Kids Under Cover offers a scholarship program that
provides educational fees and any resources required to ensure the young
people achieve their potential. This aims to support young people to be
independent, breaking any cycle of welfare.