Queensland Government media release

Young people moving from supported lodgings into long-term accommodation in Brisbane are to be given white goods and furniture set-up packages thanks to funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the Youth Housing Project (YHP) Association in Albion had been awarded $15,000 in round two of the $2.5 million fund, which was established in 2016 to support projects that help people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.

Mr de Brenni said Dignity First funding would help to set up 15 households for vulnerable young people on Brisbane’s northside who were starting to live independently.

“YHP, which has been operating in Brisbane since 1986, provides supported, unsupervised, medium-term accommodation to young people aged from 16-21 years who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness,” Mr de Brenni said.

“It also provides young people with support to enable them to learn life skills necessary to assist in their transition to independent living.

“This funding will help YHP’s young clients to set up their home, and help them establish and maintain independence.”

YHP manager Alison Hando said that the biggest expense of setting up a home was often furniture and white goods.

“It can be challenging to live without a fridge, a freezer or a washing machine, but these are expensive items to purchase and for low-income earners, it means going into debt to be able to afford them,” she said.

“The intention behind these set-up packages is to help ease some of the financial burden that comes with living independently.”

Mr de Brenni said the Dignity First Fund was designed to encourage innovative, non-traditional ideas to help people experiencing homelessness through the hard times.

“The Fund has proven how much difference you can make with a good idea, a lot of heart and a little money,” Mr de Brenni said.

“The Dignity First Fund has already brought some fantastic ideas to life.

“Young people transitioning out of homelessness are learning how to drive, a mobile barbershop is providing haircuts on the street, and café style dining is serving up food along with employment and training opportunities.

“Whatever situation you’re in, you have the right to live with dignity, and Dignity First projects help deliver that.”

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