Everyday Experiences of Homeless Young People in Supported Accommodation Programmes in Australia
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This paper investigates young people's accounts of governance in their everyday lives within a Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) in regional Australia. The SAAP is a joint Commonwealth and State/Territory programme for assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by providing transitional supported accommodation and support services. The paper provides accounts of how two young people, Monica and Brendan, make sense of their everyday lives in relation to how they make decisions (or have decisions made for them) everyday. The young people here are recognised as active agents who construct and negotiate their social realities. We focus, in particular, on how they describe influences that govern their everyday experiences. These two accounts present contrasting descriptions of social and interactional competence within a service that regulates their everyday lives, highlighting the challenges of policy formation on behalf of young people.
Children & Society