Mikaela is 22 and has been out of home for about four years.

Mikaela spent two years of couch surfing, some time in transitional housing services and sharing with others and is now in public housing.

Mikaela says, “Even when you’re staying on the couch with friends it’s always temporary so you feel pressured to find something of your own. It’s not a very settling way to live and you don’t get to choose who you’re sharing. You don’t get to choose your friend’s visitors either.

If there’s anything good about being homeless it’s finding yourself while doing it on your own. It’s just you. If you want something in life, you go get it!”

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