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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:

  • building a new youth foyer in Townsville and on the Gold Coast
  • expanding the existing Logan Youth Foyer.

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
  • are at risk of homelessness

Young tenants live in single occupancy, self-contained apartments. They must pay rent which 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
  • leaving the child safety system after turning 18
  • developing independent living skills and establish a good rental history before securing a mainstream property.​

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 receive:

  • social and emotional support with workshops and activities designed to promote personal growth and resilience
  • support 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 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by a range of professional staff:

  • case managers
  • youth workers

These staff support young tenants with:

  • personalised support
  • 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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Expanding the ​existing Logan Youth Foyer

The Logan Youth Foyer extension project reached practical completion on 17 June 2019.

The project has delivered 18 new units, office spaces and communal spaces.

The extension has expanded the Logan Youth Foyer's capacity from 22 to 40 self-contained studio and one-bedroom units with communal indoor and outdoor spaces supporting the delivery of the youth foyer model to 40 young people at any one time. The Foyer extension was co-designed by a range of stakeholders, including:

  • Logan City Council
  • service providers
  • the construction company
  • current and former young tenants.

New youth foyer developments

Youth foyers are planned for Townsville and the Gold Coast​ to provide much-needed supported housing for local young people.

We will provide regular updates and information on the process on this website.​​​

Last updated 20 September 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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