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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1806..

(2) Where are the youth dedicated refuges and refuges which accept youth located in the ACT;

(3) How many young people can each refuge cater for, and, as a whole, how many young people can the refuge system in the ACT cater for;

(4) Is there a current waiting list for places in youth dedicated refuges and refuges that accept youth; if so, how (a) long is the wait and (b) many young people are currently waiting;

(5) What ages are catered for in each youth refuge located in the ACT.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) There are six youth specific refuges which provide accommodation and support for young people aged between 15-25. There are a further six services which provide accommodation and support for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, including for youth aged 18-25.

(2) The exact locations of these refuges cannot be disclosed, however they are situated throughout the ACT.

(3) I have attached for your information a list of homelessness services in the ACT. The list includes a brief service description, target groups and regional location.

(4) There is no waiting list. Accommodation and support are provided on a needs basis. Homelessness services operate on a philosophy of "any door is the right door", which means that a person at risk of, or experiencing homelessness, will be referred to the service appropriate to their needs, whichever part of the service system they present to.

(5) Youth specific refuges in the ACT cater for youth in the age range of 15 to 25.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Housing—Stuart flats

(Question No 1927)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 4 March 2008:

(1) On how many occasions in February has the ACT (a) police, (b) ambulance service and (c) fire brigade been called out to attend incidents at the Stuart Flats complex in Griffith;

(2) Was force required to subdue individuals during any of the call outs outlined in part (1);

(3) What was the nature of the force used;

(4) Were any fires lit at the Stuart Flats in February; if so, how many.

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