Hello. My name is Angus. I currently live in emergency youth accommodation in Canberra. Basically, a youth refuge. I am a normal person, I wake up in the morning, I eat breakfast I go to school. I catch 3 buses to the other side of Canberra, but I still make the effort. My father died when I was 7, and my mother and I have irreconcilable differences over her use of drugs. 6 months ago I found myself homeless and couch surfing amongst friends. A month later when I thought I was settled in with friends, another dart came my way and I landed in a refuge. I am still making an effort to better myself as a person. And so are the people I live with. They either go to school, or they’re out looking for a job, trying to get somewhere. We are normal people.
As normal people, we have feelings. I just want to say that I am personally disgusted with the attitude of the Chisholm community towards the future refuge in the suburb. Your ignorant, biased views are an embarrassment to Australia and its accepting attitudes. A few nearby houses occupied by homeless youth won’t give you any less sugar in your morning coffee. A few nearby houses occupied by homeless youth won’t interrupt your drive to the office. A few nearby houses occupied by homeless youth, won’t impact on your uneducated, unempathic way of life. The people who’ll live in this refuge, will be young people who’ve been through a hard time, a deserve some understanding. Trust me.
Open your mind. We are people too. We’ve come from a bad home life but that does not make us bad people. Give us a chance. We don’t exist to make your life difficult. Seriously, get over yourselves – we’ve got much better things to do.