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Queensland Government media release

The Queensland Government has called on expressions of interest from for-profit and non-government organisations to establish a new youth foyer in Townsville, which will provide supported accommodation for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

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 the space and security to invest in themselves.

“After seeing the success of the Logan Youth Foyer, the Palaszczuk Government is calling for expressions of interest from for-profit and non-government organisations to establish two new foyers, one in Townsville and another on the Gold Coast.

“We’re also expanding the Logan foyer so we can extend this support to even more young people.”

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said the youth foyer model was recognised internationally as providing safe and affordable housing to young people at risk of homelessness, while supporting them to engage with education and training.

“Youth foyers go beyond short term accommodation, providing real life changing transformation for young people,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“As well as expressions of interest to establish the Townsville Youth Foyer, we also want to hear new and innovative ideas from organisations with demonstrated successes supporting vulnerable young people.

“The Palaszczuk Government is keen to work with organisations that share our commitment to support young people so they can achieve their full potential.”

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart welcomed the announcement, and said the educational opportunities provided by youth foyers couldn’t be understated.

“As a former school principal, I saw firsthand how many bright and capable kids struggled to achieve at school or even finish their secondary education because they didn’t have the safety and security of a stable home environment,” Mr Stewart said.

“As well as struggling with school work, these young people often didn’t have opportunities to learn the kinds of life skills they need to be independent.

“I know there are young people here in Townsville whose lives will be transformed as a result of the support provided by a youth foyer.”

Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said the benefits of a new youth foyer extended beyond the young people living there, with project construction and ongoing facility management providing jobs for Townsville locals.

“Townsville always has room for more construction work – this is another example of the Palaszczuk Government delivering on important infrastructure for the regions,” Mr Harper said.

“We also have some amazing support services here in Townsville who I know will do a fantastic job supporting young people to achieve, and I strongly encourage both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations to put in an expression of interest.”

Expressions of interest for the projects in Townsville and on the Gold Coast opened today in QTenders, and will close on Friday 9 June 2017.

Invitations to offer for the expanded Logan Youth Foyer also opened today and close on Thursday 1 June 2017.

Foyers are a contemporary approach to housing vulnerable young people, with the first established in the UK in 1992. Their success has led to the adoption of foyers in Australia, Ireland, the US, Romania, Netherlands and Germany.

The first Australian youth foyer opened in Sydney in 2001 and the first foyer like service in Queensland opened in Logan in 2009 as part of the Rudd Government’s implementation of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. The Palaszczuk Government is working to expand the youth foyer model across Queensland to support our vulnerable young people.

For more information on the EOIs, visit www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders.

Resource: To see how youth foyers are changing young people's lives in Queensland, watch the video: http://bit.ly/LoganYouthFoyer

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