THE State Government has called for expressions of interest from for-profit and non-government organisations to establish new safe and affordable housing for young people at risk of homelessness on the Gold Coast.
‘Youth Foyers’ are a contemporary approach to housing vulnerable young people, the first of which was established in the UK in 1992.
Their success has led to the adoption of foyers in Australia, Ireland, the US, Romania, Netherlands and Germany.
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The first Australian youth foyer opened in Sydney in 2001, with the first foyer-like service in Queensland opened in Logan in 2009.
Now, the Queensland Government is calling for expressions of interest for similar projects on the Gold Coast and in Townsville. Expressions of interest opened today in QTenders and close on Friday 9 June.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said secure, stable affordable housing provides the foundation for young people to complete their education and find employment.
“Too often a lack of secure housing leaves vulnerable young people with no chance for advancement,” Mr de Brenni said.
“Supporting young people to break the homelessness cycle was one of the objectives of the Palaszczuk Government’s new 10 year Queensland Housing Strategy, which we will release later this year.
“The youth foyer model is one we know works. It gives young people space and security to invest in themselves.”
Minister for Communities, Women and Youth Shannon Fentiman said youth foyers provide safe and affordable housing to young people at risk of homelessness while also supporting them to engage with education and training.
“Youth foyers go beyond short-term accommodation, they can make a real difference to the lives of young people,” Ms Fentiman said.
“We also want to hear new and innovative ideas from community organisations who already support vulnerable young people so they can achieve their full potential.
“I encourage both for-profit and non-government organisations to get involved.”
Mr de Brenni said the Department of Housing and Public Works will engage a leading, private sector architect to design the new facilities and manage the construction of the expansion to the Logan Youth Foyer.
For more information on the EOIs, visit www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders.