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Feb 5, 2024

Youth Foyers to help youth in crisis

Tags: Housing and homelessness

Mural at Logan Youth Foyer

Wesley Mission Queensland welcomes the announcement of eight new Youth Foyers for Queensland, drawing on the success of its Logan Youth Foyer Support Service (LYFSS). Youth Foyers provide much needed options for young people aged between 16 and 25-years-old who are at risk of homelessness.

Wesley Mission Queensland has a long and proud history providing support to those in need and has partnered with the Foyer Foundation to tackle youth homelessness in Queensland, providing up to 40 young people at a time, with a safe place to live, as well as support and mentoring to help them achieve genuine independence.


Almost 3000 young Queenslanders at risk of homelessness are now on track to transition to independent, thriving futures, with the announcement of plans for three new Youth Foyers within the next three years, accompanied by plans for an additional five in the future.

The initial projects in Cairns, Hervey Bay, and Moreton Bay aim to address the urgent needs of young people who are at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness. These Youth Foyers will offer a medium-term, comprehensive solution, combining integrated education, training, employment, and life skills support, to create pathways out of homelessness.

Logan Youth Foyer Coordinator, Rachael Holmes, has seen the positive impact Youth Foyers have on young people.

During my nine years working at Logan Youth Foyer I've witnessed the impact that safe, secure housing combined with holistic coaching and support can have on a young person who is ready to take the next step towards independence.
We have seen increased demand year on year, and welcome the plan to build more Youth Foyers in Queensland so this opportunity can be offered to more young people. I am grateful to the Queensland Government for recognising that this model works, and for their investment in young people’s futures.

 

Highlight and key Information:

  • The Queensland Youth Housing Coalition estimates there are 4827 children and young people aged 12 to 24 sleeping rough, couch surfing, or living in improvised or severely crowded dwellings in Queensland.
  • The Queensland Government has just announced the rollout of eight new youth housing options using the Youth Foyer model across the state to help young Queenslanders at risk of homelessness.
  • Logan Youth Foyer Support Service provides a safe and stable home for approximately 40, 16 to 25 year olds at risk of or experiencing homelessness by integrating housing with education, employment and life skills support.
  • Wesley Mission Queensland has assisted more than 300 young people thrive and become independent and empowered through the support they’ve received at Logan Youth Foyer.
  • Within two years of living in a Youth Foyer, over 80% of young people exit into safe and stable housing, 65% gain secure and decent employment, 40% achieve higher educational outcomes, and 60% are less likely to be involved in the justice system.