THE Northern Territory has the highest rates of homelessness in the country, including the highest rate of young people presenting to homelessness services alone.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data, released on Friday indicated for every 10,000 people there was 72.3 youths seeking support.
In the NT more women than men also sought support.
NT Shelter executive officer Peter McMillan said it was concerning so many youths in crisis were presenting to homelessness support services.
“We are alarmed by a 7 per cent rise in the number of people presenting for services,” Mr McMillan said. “What’s particularly alarming is the number of young people presenting alone has risen by 60 per cent in the last two years.
“That’s a staggering increase. Each day in the NT there are 19 requests for assistance that are being unmet.”
He said the increase in the number of people seeking support, coupled with a public housing shortage, was an issue.
“If we don’t get a plan we are going to continue to see a deterioration of the number of people seeking support,” he said.
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