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What does homelessness look like? We asked some primary students

We sent TV and Radio host Danny Clayton out to interview Year 5 students about homelessness. What they said might surprise you! 

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Owen and Dwaine: from the streets to the stage

For Owen and Dwaine homelessness was a reality they faced everyday. They now use their journeys to fuel their musical passion and educate ot...

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A journey better shared

When Blake first came to The Salvation Armys Oasis Youth Services in Canberra he was just 16. Six years later, and now living in his own uni...

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Couch surfing: the dangerous undercurrents

Marks home life was pretty good until his mother remarried. I had stepfather issues he says. "It was going well until he turned on me."

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From 'cool' to freezing

“Waking up one morning in the middle of winter – it was freezing cold and pouring down rain – I was in a sleeping bag u...

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Challenges of couch surfing

Imagine not knowing where you will sleep tonight. Or what you will have to eat. Will you and your belongings be safe while you get some much...

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Maintaining school while surviving homelessness

“I cannot imagine not knowing where you are going to stay. Not having eaten, not having showered, but still wanting to come to school...

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Dealing with the devil of addiction

“You walk in here with fear in your eyes and death in your heart and walk out of here with love in your eyes and pride in your heart...

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Home at last

“It really is hard when you are homeless. It feels like your whole life is trashed and scattered, and that really affects how you pro...

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