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On any given night, nearly 500 young people in Canberra are homeless. Some “couch-surf” with friends, others face a night on the streets or hidden away in the bushlands. No young person should feel like they have nowhere to go.

Raw Potential Canberra actively provides outreach services to at risk young people, of 12-25 years, in an effort to help those facing homelessness and violence. When genuinely needed, we offer after hours support and a non-judgmental approach to helping those in need.

We go out into the community and engage with young people who cannot, or will not, access services, working with them over time to re-connect them to mainstream society.

Our stories

Two sisters, 19 & 21. One had 2 children, the other pregnant.

They were homeless and living in a car. Raw Potential Canberra found and paid for emergency accommodation, had their priority lifted for community housing. We assisted with the house set up, including providing kitchen goods.

A girl 16. Her family had broken up unexpectedly.

She was living in a car, although she was too young to drive it with her pet dog, the only loved item she could save from home. Raw Potential found a place where she could be have her dog and attempted to find bridges back to home. Food provided as well as assistance with obtaining access to Government services.

Young man 16.

He has lived in Tuggeranong Park and friends’ couches since he was 12. Raw Potential helped him find transport and immediate needs to facilitate taking up an apprenticeship.