Funding cut to hit homeless
More than 300 homeless and at-risk youth could find themselves without accommodation and support after Christmas following the withdrawal of funding for Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services in Melbourne.
The Catholic Leader reports that an unnamed private agency has been providing $110,000 annually for Good Shepherd's youth program.
Spokeswoman Kirsten Bickendorf said: "The funding cut will have devastating repercussions on our program and will affect the lives of many young people."
Good Shepherd director Michael Yore said many charitable and welfare agencies have found it increasingly hard to raise funds to maintain services, let alone new and innovative programs.
The youth housing and support program is focused on the individual needs of young people, most of whom are chronically marginalised.
Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services