HOMELESSNESS
From Sleeping Rough to a Hit Song
March 24, 2017
BY UNICEF NZ
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Homelessness doesn’t necessarily mean you’re sleeping on the streets, it can just mean you don’t have a permanent place to call your own.

You might be sleeping rough, or in a car, or even having to crash on a friend's couch because you have nowhere else to go.

There are lots of reasons why people might be homeless. They might have health, or drug and alcohol problems, or they might be people with jobs and families, who have no other option.

Homelessness can take a big toll on a person's health and safety. But being homeless doesn’t mean it’s going to be forever, or that you’re hopeless. And it’s ok to ask for help.

It’s estimated half of New Zealand’s homeless are under the age of 25, and singer-songwriter Mitch James knows exactly what it’s like. The 21 year old Kiwi has lived rough on streets of Europe, and spent time living in his car.

And he’s proof that the hard times can get better.

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