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Youth Foyers

Youth Foyers are an internationally recognised pathway for young tenants to develop the skills they need to achieve independence. They provide secure and affordable housing while delivering social and economic benefits for young people and the community.

Under the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027, the Queensland Government committed to delivering better access to safe and secure housing for vulnerable young people through:

Independent living in a supportive environment for young people

Youth Foyers typically provide accommodation for young tenants aged 16 to 25 who are:

  • committed to engaging in education and training, and
  • experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless

Young tenants live in single occupancy, self-contained apartments. The rent is calculated as 25% of their income.

The average stay for young tenants is around 18 months. However, this depends on the individual’s circumstances and the plan for them to gain employment or complete their education or training.

Each young tenant who moves into the Youth Foyer will have their own reason why this living arrangement suits their needs. For example:

  • leaving home due to conflict or family violence
  • over-crowding in the family home
  • working or studying, and can’t locate safe and affordable housing
  • ‘couch surfing’ between relative or friends’ houses
  • leaving the Foster Care system after turning 18
  • developing independent living skills and establish a good rental history before securing a mainstream property.​

The Youth Foyer is not designed to accommodate young people who may be coming out of jail, or who are on bail.

Benefits of the youth foyer model

Youth Foyers assist young tenants to develop the skills they need to lead fulfilling, independent and productive lives. 

Providing support to achieve their goals

For young people without a secure or stable home, it can be difficult to stay on a path that supports their career and education aspirations. With a safe place to live and ongoing professional support, young tenants can be assisted towards independence as they study or work.

Young tenants are provided with social and emotional support with workshops and activities designed to promote personal growth and resilience and are also supported to complete their education or gain employment.

Teaching independence and tenancy skills

The Youth Foyer model teaches young tenants how to manage a rental property and supports them towards independent living. Young tenants live under the same rules as private tenants. This gives them the opportunity to learn and practice the rights and responsibilities of being a tenant in a supported environment, before moving out to independent living.

Onsite management and support

Youth Foyers are secure locations and staffed 24/7 by a range of professional staff:

  • case managers
  • youth workers

These staff support young tenants with:

  • personal attention
  • mentoring and coaching
  • access to opportunities needed to develop education and training pathways to employment.

The availability of staff over 24 -hours provides security for the young tenants and ensures support is available as and when they need it. It provides young tenants with a greater feeling of security as they may have come from places and situations where they may not have felt safe, while others will still be getting used to living alone and away from family for the first time.

Learn more about Youth Foyers

Other youth foyers in Australia:

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Tendering process

Youth Foyers in Townsville and on the Gold Coast

The department undertook a two-stage procurement process to deliver the Youth Foyers in Townsville and on the Gold Coast. The tender process is complete.

Organisations were appointed on 28 May 2018 for the design, construction, support services, tenancy and property management of the Gold Coast and Townsville Youth Foyers.

Stage 1: Expression of Interest was released on QTenders on Thursday 11 May 2017 and closed on Friday 9 June 2017. Organisations with demonstrated capability and capacity to deliver innovative ideas and achieve outcomes for young tenants were invited to express their interest in working with us to deliver these new Youth Foyers.

Stage 2: A select Request for Proposal process, involved inviting successful proponents from Stage 1, with suitable experience in construction, support services, tenancy, and property management to submit a Request for Proposal. This tender process closed on 26 September 2017.

Expanding the existing Logan Youth Foyer

Using a select tender process, the department appointed an architect who has provided a compatible design for this landmark project. A construction contractor has been appointed, and the project is due for completion in June 2019.

The expansion of the Logan Youth Foyer was co-designed by a range of stakeholders including Council, service providers and the construction company. The workshops also included current and former young tenants who provided insight into their experiences which could be considered in the final designs.​​​​​​​​​​



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