These Free Lockers Have Been Set Up To Help NSW’s Youth Homeless Population

Fri Apr 20, 2018

In the small town of Broken Hill, on the very edge of New South Wales, a series of free lockers have been installed to help the town’s growing youth homeless population.

Across NSW, homelessness has risen by 27 percent since the last census, and more than 28,000 young people (aged 12 to 25) are homeless on any given night. In Broken Hill, which has a population of about 18,000 people, there’s almost 170 young people experiencing homelessness.

These lockers, located at the headspace Broken Hill service centre in the CBD, are designed for young people to be able to leave their possessions someplace safe. They’re the first of three sets that’ll be dotted at other service providers around the city.

Headspace Broken Hill centre manager Rynette Gentle told PEDESTRIAN.TV that the idea for lockers came out of the District Implementation and Coordination Committee (DIACC), which looked at ways to improve systematic issues around the risk of homelessness in the area.

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