Salvation Army urging Warwick to help young homeless

THE Salvation Army is urging people in the Warwick area to get behind an important new project that will raise money to help with youth homelessness.

The Couch Project asks people to spend a night on the couch to identify with the 44,000 people under the age of 25 who are couch-surfing because they have nowhere else to go.

Major Bruce Harmer of the Salvos says youth homelessness should be of great concern to everyone.

"Just because a young person has a roof over their head does not mean that they have stability, safety or a secure place to live," he said.

"Obviously if you can't go home, it's not a sleepover. Thinking consequentially, for many young people, sleeping on a friend's couch is just the beginning of an uncertain future which can lead to further disengagement and more serious circumstances for them."

Major Harmer says couch surfing is just one small step from sleeping on the street and should be seen as an indicator of instability in life.

Pledging to sleep on the couch on Saturday, September 13, will help raise awareness and raise funds for accommodation services.

Fundraisers who raise more than $200 will receive a Couch Project onesie and socks to wear on the night.

For more information visit www.thecouchproject.com.au.



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