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Federal funding to combat youth homelessness in Sydney electorate.



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MEDIA RELEASE

MARISE PAYNE Senator for New South Wales Federal funding to combat youth

homelessness in Sydney electorate

29 April 2004

A funding boost of $18,850 will go to local services in the electorate of Sydney to help young people at risk of homelessness.

Welcoming the one-off funding approved by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony MP, Senator Marise Payne said that it would make a significant difference to young people at risk of homelessness.

"The Australian Government has been able to provide an extra $470,000 to help 30 Reconnect services around Australia," Senator Payne said.

"I am delighted that our community will benefit from this unexpected boost, providing further support for the Mission Australia Wesley Mission and Salvation Army Partnership and allowing them to continue the excellent work they are already doing.

"Through Reconnect services, young people and their families are able to access a range of practical help, including counselling, family mediation and practical support.

"The program has resulted in significant positive outcomes for young people and their families and it has been successful in improving stability in young people's living situations."

"The Australian Government recognises that youth homelessness is an important issue and remained committed to supporting programs for young people that try and tackle the problems, rather

than the symptoms," Senator Payne said.

To date 37,000 young people and their families have been helped by Reconnect services, with the benefits being seen right across Australia.

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