Many people will eventually leave the home they grew up in and find a home of their own. However, everyone is different. Some people leave home when they are very young, others wait till they are in their thirties, and some people live with their family all their lives.

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My Hope is ME!

My Hope is ME!

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My Hope Is ME!

I am Homeless. I have no house I have no bed.
But don't think I am hopeless. They are two different words.

I may not have a kitchen or a TV but I still eat meals and seek entertainment.
I may not have a backyard but this city is a playground bigger than any.
I may not have a dinner table surrounded by my loved ones; but I still share my meals with my friends on the street.
I may not have fancy or clean clothes but I am warm and I know many of my friends are not.
I may not bathe regularly but I appreciate every shower as if it's my last. (How often to you value every minute of hot water?)
I may smell bad as you walk past me but that really is the least of either of our problems!
I may be an inconvenience or make you feel uncomfortable but your pity has bought me lunch today so I am thankful regardless.
I may find comfort in the addictions that ease my boredom and dull my pain but who are you to point the fingers wrapped around iPhones and another coffee cup.
I may sleep with all my clothes on for warmth and my possessions as a hard pillow but at least I know they will be there in the morning.
I may want for things I cannot have but that is the hope which keeps me going.
That hope is not something I can buy or drink, it doesn't come with free blankets or a shelter bed. It is not in hot food or my Centrelink pay, nor is it a person or a place.

It's just hope!

Just a simple belief that I am more than where I sleep or what I wear. My hope comes from the school girl who stops and sits with me while she waits for the bus. My hope is in the eyes of the stranger who smiles every morning. My hope knows no racism, no hate, no judgement and no bias. My hope is mine and you may take every THING -  but my hope is ME!
As long as I breathe, I hope. Homeless or not, I hope for more than you know!

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We have partnered with Reach Out to bring you the best factsheet information we can on this topic. Reach Out offers information, support and resources to help young people improve their understanding of mental health issues, develop resilience, and increase their coping skills and help-seeking behaviour.

Leaving Home

Many people will eventually leave the home they grew up in and find a home of their own. However, everyone is different. Some people leave home when they are very young, others wait till they are in their thirties, and some people live with their family all their lives.

Why you might be moving out of home

There are many reasons why people think about moving out of home. Often people first think about leaving home if they are in conflict with their parents. Sometimes the thought of leaving seems easier than resolving the conflict.

Sometimes young people may be told to move out because for some parents it may seem easier than resolving the conflict. For others it may be the need for more space or privacy that makes them think about leaving. Sometimes people move away from home in order to go to school, to TAFE or university, or for a job.

Some families believe that their children should only move out when they are married or have their own property. Some parents often feel rejected or even embarrassed about what other people may think of them as parents. For example, the idea that people will think they are 'bad parents' or that there is conflict within the household, all ideas that might have nothing to do with the real reason for moving out.

Questions to ask yourself when moving out of home

When you begin to plan leaving home it is a good idea to think through the consequences and your needs. Some things to think through before deciding to leave home may include:

Do I have somewhere safe to live?

If you are over 18 and have a stable income you can probably either move into shared accommodation with friends or look to renting your own place. If you are under 18, you may find that it is difficult to rent a house or sign a lease because of your age. You can check with a local community legal centre or a tenants' rights organisation about your rights in regard to this.

If you are leaving home because of family conflict or abuse, then there are refuges and supported accommodation services that may be available to you. Ring a local community welfare or health organisation to find out more about services available in your area. Visit Reach Out's Who can help you section for more info. Try calling Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 to get some advice about leaving home due to conflict. They may be able to recommend some places near to you. Kids Helpline is free from a landline, it's open all the time and it won't show up on your home phone bill.

Do I have enough money to support myself?

Try working out a budget to see how much money you need each week to pay the rent and buy what you need.

If you do not have a job or are still studying you may be eligible for social security payments. Contact your nearest Centrelink officer to find out what benefits you are eligible to receive.

Who would support me in making the move?

Often leaving home is easiest if your family will assist and support you in making the move. If your immediate family will not support you, you may have friends or relatives who will.

There may also be services available that provide assistance with moving, material goods, and food vouchers in your local area. Contact your local community centre for further information or Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800).


Thanks to NSW Transcultural Mental Health Centre and members of the Transcultural Youth Mental Health Network for preparing this factsheet.

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