The Allan Labor Government is supporting young people at risk of homelessness in regional Victoria through a unique supported accommodation program designed to assist them to live independently and thrive in the community.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited the $15.7 million development on McKoy Street, Wodonga, which will provide young people aged 16 to 24 leaving out of home care with accommodation and wrap around support.
The innovative Education First Youth Foyer will include 40 self-contained studio dwellings, built on the TAFE campus, as well as a communal kitchen, dining area, courtyard, and staff rooms.
Due for completion in mid-2025, the Youth Foyer is designed to support young people from regional Victoria to remain engaged in education and transition into long term accommodation.
The Education First Youth Foyers model is based on the Brotherhood of St Laurence Education First Youth Foyers model which provides integrated learning and accommodation centres that develop the skills of young people at risk of homelessness.
They provide housing as well as access to education, training, employment, and other support.
The development is part of the $50 million Youth Housing program which is delivering youth housing approaches across Victoria, including Wangaratta, Werribee, Shepparton, Mildura, Frankston, Bairnsdale, South Morang and Reservoir.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing Harriet Shing
“Everyone deserves a safe and secure place to call home. We’re determined to continue our support for this project – as well as many others across Victoria funded as part of the $50 million Youth Housing program.”
“I thank BeyondHousing for their work delivering positive outcomes for young people far beyond the classroom.”
Quote attributable to the Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes
“This Education First Youth Foyer is one of many which will make long-term change to the lives of young people in regional and rural Victoria at risk of or experiencing homelessness – by not only providing housing, but also education, training and employment.”