Young Gold Coasters will soon be offered more safe and secure housing on the Gold Coast following the construction of a specialised youth housing service in Southport.
Housing Minister Mick de Brenni made the announcement on Tuesday, revealing that the new Gold Coast Youth Foyer will provide support for up to 40 vulnerable people, aged between 16-25.
The complex, which is set to be built on the corner of North and High Streets, will feature 40 single-occupancy, self-contained studio units and be staffed by professional youth support workers.
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Mr de Brenni said the housing service is about “providing a safe and secure environment for young people who are unable to live at home with their families”, with tenants paying 25 per cent of their income in rent.
“This is no hand-out,” Mr de Brenni said.
“It’s about helping put them on a positive path by becoming confident, strong and self-supporting. They also learn about the rights and responsibilities of being a tenant before moving into more independent housing options.”
Construction on the new Gold Coast Youth Foyer, which is being designed in consultation with local youth support service providers, Gold Coast City Council officers and young people in need of housing support, is expected to start early next year and be operational by the end of 2019.