Lego homes highlight homeless youth plight

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A sea of Lego brick homes have engulfed the steps of Victorian parliament to raise awareness of youth homelessness.

Housing advocates gathered in Melbourne's CBD on Thursday for Homelessness Week, calling for a pipeline of housing to shelter at least 5000 of the state's young people who are without a safe home.

Recent data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows 57 per cent of Victorians aged 16 to 24 seeking a safe home last year missed out due to a lack of housing and resources.

"More than half of all single people seeking help from homelessness services nationally are 16 to 24 years old," Melbourne City Mission CEO Vicki Sutton said.

"Disproportionately, these young people are fleeing family violence and have had the least economic resources of any cohort to survive the COVID-19 pandemic."

She added that the youth age group is the least supported to overcome homelessness, hold only 2.9 per cent of social housing tenancies and are cycling back into emergency homelessness services up to ten times.

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