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New CEO joins fight against youth homelessness

October 28th, 2021

​Youth homelessness prevention organisation Kids Under Cover (KUC) appoints experienced homelessness campaigner Stephen Nash as its new CEO.

The former Managing Director of affordable housing provider Common Equity Housing joins Kids Under Cover in late-November of this year, building on a career in homelessness and housing over the past 25 years.

“I welcome the opportunity to lead Kids Under Cover in its efforts to prevent youth homelessness and stop the damaging impact this lack of stability and safety has on young people and their future potential,” said Stephen.

Stephen replaces outgoing Kids Under Cover CEO Jo Swift who has been with the organisation for almost 20 years.

In a sign of her commitment to the organisation, Jo will continue to work with Stephen at Kids Under Cover over a four-week transition period before departing in late-December.

Stephen joins the organisation at a time where children and young people comprise two-fifths of people experiencing homelessness in Australia, and the pandemic is placing greater pressure on disadvantaged young people than ever before.

“We are pleased to have appointed a dedicated, passionate and authentic leader like Stephen to lead our team into the future, building on the extensive legacy we’ve built over 30 years,” Kids Under Cover Acting Chairman Nathaniel Popelianski said.

In March this year, KUC presented a state government committee inquiry, outlining the scale of the problem of youth homelessness. Later, when the inquiry report is handed down, KUC was name-checked as an example of the innovative response to the problem that needs to be applied more often. Jo Swift followed up the Kids Under Cover submission to the Victorian Inquiry into Homelessness, with a presentation, alongside board member (and former Philanthropy Australia CEO) Sarah Davies AM and Brittnie, a previous recipient of the Kids Under Cover studio program. Read the story here.

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