Social Futures, as part of National Homelessness Week 2017, will launch a new short film about youth homelessness in the Northern Rivers.
The film, which will premiere at the Lismore Homelessness Connect event on Tuesday 8 August, is a moving ten minute tribute to youth homelessness in the area and is loosely based on the ABC TV Series You Can’t Ask That.
The film was inspired by a group of local high school students who wanted a chance to pose questions to young people who have experienced the challenges of homelessness first hand. The students wrote a series of questions and a number of Connecting Home participants agreed to answer them.
“I cried when I first saw the edited film,” says Connecting Home Youth Manager, Niki Gill.
“I hear these stories all the time, but to see and hear them told in this format was really touching. And the participants spoke so lucidly and openly about their experiences, it is impossible not to be moved by it.”
The film highlights the high rates of youth homelessness, the very low vacancy rates for rental properties in our towns – less than 1% – and the lack of crisis accommodation for youth in the Northern Rivers.