Due to a 'lack of life skills', young men aged between 16 and 25 have become the new at-risk poor in Canberra and other major centres of the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese, according to the St Vincent de Paul Society.
    The Catholic Voice diocesan newspaper says the Society's men's shelter Samaritan House has provided 8000 bed-nights in the past two years, but has to turn away two men for every one it takes in. It says that figure represents a 30% rise in the past year.
    SVDP Archdiocesan President Mr Russ Walls said many young Canberra men simply did not have the life skills to organise themselves. At Samaritan House, they were helped to put a "game plan" into place.
    His predecessor Mr Barry Snodgrass, a member of the ACT Poverty Task Force, said poverty had increased in the ACT over the three years of his term in office.
Cath Voice
7 Aug 00

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