Housing and homelessness services

If you or your family is at risk of homelessness, we can support you to find a place to live and help you to maintain rental agreements and tenancy. All programs are focused on helping clients move to sustainable and long-term independent living.
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STARH program

The Supporting Those at Risk of Homelessness (STARH) team will work with you to find and sustain stable housing, build community connections and develop life skills. 

STARH is a free voluntary, safe and confidential service that can provide case management planning and support to assist families and individuals in the Gold Coast, Logan, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Ipswich regions. 
  • Tenancy issues
  • Financial problems or debts
  • Physical or emotional health issues
  • Loss or reduction in employment
  • Relationship and/or family breakdown
  • Social isolation.
  • Stabilise and sustain housing
  • Provide tenancy advice and support
  • Develop life skills and household management skills
  • Connect with your family and community.
  • Health and legal services
  • Employment and training
  • Family services
  • Other specialist services including housing services.

Specialist Youth Housing Service

The Specialist Youth Housing Service (SYHS) can provide support for young people and families who are at risk of becoming homeless.

SYHS's mobile support program aims to find, secure and sustain safe tenancy by guiding clients through the entire process from attending inspections to moving in and understanding tenancy responsibilities.

SYHS also includes access to seven Crisis Accommodation Program (CAP) (link opens in new window) houses in the Beenleigh and Southport regions.
Supported accommodation services include:

  • Access to seven properties
  • Low-level support
  • Case management and referrals
  • Accommodation for up to 12 months
  • Assistance with building a rental history
The properties are fully furnished and rent is calculated at 28% of the tenant's income and $20 per adult per fortnight for electricity.
  • Help seeking access to the private rental market
  • Advocating with real estate agents
  • Budgeting and life skill development
  • Providing support to access shared and supported accommodation within the community
  • Workshops that demonstrate sustainable tenancies
  • Training to enhance knowledge of obtaining and maintaining a tenancy in the private rental market.

Laidley Crisis Care

Laidley Crisis Care and Accommodation (LCCA) can provide support for people in the Lockyer Valley area who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.

LCCA’s centre based access program provides support, access and referrals to services who can assist people to gain or sustain stable accommodation. 

The centre-based support program provides ongoing case management support with the aim to find, secure and sustain stable accommodation.

  • Help seeking access to the private rental market
  • Advocating with real estate agents
  • Budgeting and life skill development
  • Referrals to other support services
  • Providing support to access accommodation within the community.
LCCA also has an immediate supported accommodation program which provides temporary housing for families in the Lockyer Valley area who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Access to five (5) properties
  • Low-level support
  • Case management and referrals
  • Accommodation period dependent on need
  • Assistance with building a rental history
  • Rent is based on a percentage of the tenant's income.
LCCA is funded by the Queensland Government's Department of Housing and Public Works.

Logan Youth Foyer Service

The Logan Youth Foyer Support Service (LYFSS) helps young people build a brighter future by providing accommodation and guidance in a supported environment.

  1. Education and employment
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  3. Social connections
  4. Civic participation
  5. Independent living skills 
  6. Housing.

 

Our holistic approach is based on a Sustainable Livelihoods Approach and Advantaged Thinking Framework. We work alongside young people to focus on their skills, assets and resources, whilst strengthening their talents. 

For young people who are Foyer ready, we offer 40 transitional semi-furnished studio or one bedroom units, with 24/7 on site staff. We work collaboratively and flexibly with young people and other services to increase sustainable community connections and supports.

To be a participant in the program you must:

  • Be aged 16-25 yrs old, single and with no dependents 
  • Be willing to engage with workers regularly across the 6 service offers and who are willing to meet the ‘LYFSS Deal’
  • Be eligible for social housing 
  • Have an independent income
  • Have two weeks rent and bond (assistance is available)
  • Have the ability to pay rent at 28% of income plus rent assistance  
  • Be engaged in or demonstrate ability to be engaged in education or employment options
  • Have independent living skills and can live safety alone
  • Have low to medium support needs.
  • Contact us via phone 1800 448 448 or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
  • Initial intake screening will be completed and you may be invited to a group information session to learn more about LYFSS (if there are vacancies)
  • A full holistic assessment including references are then completed, and all applications are discussed by our panel
  • We can also assist with other information and referrals as required. 

Advantaged Thinking challenges us to see strengths where we might see only deficits or problems. Test yourself by downloading the 7 Tests of Advantaged Thinking on the right. 

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LYFSS is a partnership between Wesley Mission Queensland (WMQ), the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy and Community Housing Limited (links open in new window). WMQ provide holistic support 24/7 on site. Community Housing Limited are the tenancy managers. The Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy manage the social housing register and fund this program. 

YHARS

If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, the Youth Housing and Reintegration Support (YHARS) service may be able to provide support. We can help if you're:

  • Transitioning from the care of Child Safety Services
  • Transitioning into the community after a period of sentence or remand in a Youth Detention Centre
  • Sleeping rough or in unstable or temporary housing.

 

The service will help you to:

  • Identify your barriers to stable accommodation
  • Source and transition into safe and affordable accommodation
  • Gain greater independence and stability
  • Reconnect with your family and/or community
  • Find education, training and employment opportunities
  • Connect with specialist support services.

 

The program is funded by the Australian and Queensland Government’s Homeless National Partnership Agreement.

There are two components within the YHARS Program:


The YHARS After Care Brokerage Service provides funds for young people aged 17-21 years who are transitioning or have transitioned from under a Child Protection order into adulthood. These funds can be applied for via your case worker to remove financial barriers in your current case plan to reach for a greater level of independence and stability. 

After Care Brokerage funding is provided to young people residing in the below ABS regions: 

  • 301 Brisbane - East
  • 302 Brisbane - North
  • 303 Brisbane - South
  • 304 Brisbane - West
  • 305 Brisbane Inner City
  • 309 Gold Coast
  • 310 Ipswich
  • 311 Logan - Beaudesert
  • 313 Moreton Bay - South
  • 314 Moreton Bay - North
  • 316 Sunshine Coast
  • 319 Wide Bay.

Clients must be aged between 17-21 years and be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Clients must be exiting or transitioning from child safety statutory interventions. 

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The YHARS Housing Support Service provides  support to young people aged 12-21 years who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, within Inala or 30 surrounding suburbs. The service aims to transition clients into safe and affordable accommodation to allow them to achieve greater independence and stability.

If you would like to find out more, please call us on 1800 448 448 or fill out the form below

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