Young people living in families where neither parent or guardian is in paid employment face challenges, which include barriers to moving out of home and finding work, according to Mission Australia's Youth Survey 2018 report.
As per the Family and Community Services (FACS) statistics, there were 48,337 general and 4,595 priority applicants for the NSW housing register as on June 30, 2018.
Mission Australia's 'Opportunity Pathways' program aims to provide support to social housing clients who are 17 years or older, and help them achieve their goals to access education, training and work opportunities.
"If we can connect with people when they are younger, we can work towards helping them achieve their goals at an early age. With all our clients, our aim is to look at where they are in life at that moment and provide them support accordingly," Deb Muddiman, Program Manager with Mission Australia, said.
"Our referrals at the moment are clients who are as young as 18 and ones who are over the age of 60," she added.
The program was launched in April and is now operational in Goulburn, Queanbeyan and Batemans Bay.
Daniel Strickland, Area Manager of Mission Australia in South Eastern NSW and ACT, said that they are ready to provide assistance wherever required.
"If anything starts to slip, we work on ways to wrap support around the client to ensure that they have the best outcome and sustain that employment in long term," he said.
The free voluntary program may include people currently not working, looking for a job, want to work more hours and improve their employment situations.
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