Donations and volunteers help construct youth homeless facility

Up to one thousand young homeless people are expected to spend time at a new facility on the Gold Coast over the next decade.

Bill Hoyer House is nearing completion in Labrador, with Mayor Tom Tate taking a tour of the Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth on Tuesday.

“Seeing this project take shape and the support it has received from local businesses underscores the amazing community spirit we have here in our city,” Mayor Tate said.


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Local developer Villa World is overseeing the property, which includes seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, large living spaces, an outdoor entertaining area and a separate youth workers’ quarters and office.

It moves the Gold Coast closer to doubling the number of crisis care beds available for homeless young people.

“As Mayor, I never want to see anyone left behind so I applaud the commitment to see this project through as it will assist those youth who need our support.’’

Villa World General Manager – Communities and Business Growth, Carl Bruhn said the swift construction progress was a result of generous and hard-working local subcontractors and suppliers.

“Many of these are small business owners and their staff have donated their time, skills and materials for free or at cost price,” Mr Bruhn said.

“The cost of building this facility sits at about $550,000 and through various streams of funding that will be reduced significantly.

“But we still need donations to complete the build, carry out fit-out of the facility and of course finance its ongoing operation.”

GCPHY president Andrew Antonopoulos said the organisation’s ultimate goal was to break the cycle of youth homelessness on the Gold Coast.

“Ideally, we want to introduce life skills and encourage each person who comes through the door to become active members of the community,” Mr Antonopoulos said.

“With hundreds of young people experiencing homelessness in this city each night, the opening of Bill Hoyer House will help some of them off the streets and into good care,” he added.

The Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth is hosting a fundraising cocktail function at Little Truffle in Mermaid Beach on Monday, May 30. Tickets are $75, limited to 50 people, and are available at billhoyerhouse.com.au.