Disadvantaged youth will have a new place to call home following a $25 million investment in accommodation for the homeless.
Minister for Housing Martin Foley said $3.5 million of the fund would go to a new three-story youth refuge located at Melbourne City Mission’s Frontyard Intregrated Youth Service in Melbourne’s on King St to remove young people from the immediate dangers of homelessness.
Melbourne City Mission has been working with Victoria’s disadvantaged and vulnerable communities since 1854 and is the largest provider of homelessness services to young Victorian’s under-25.
The new youth refuge will address the most challenging group of homeless young people in the city and will deliver an outreach service with refuge accommodation and integrated specialist services.
Support will follow young people as they exit the youth refuge into more stable and long term accommodation to ensure they successfully exit homelessness.
The intervention will aim to reduce the number of young people who become chronically homeless and experience poor quality of life.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing Martin Foley
“Young people find themselves homeless and in need of help for a variety of reasons – this refuge will provide the first step to finding an alternative to life on the streets.”
“It is important young people get help as soon as they need it, with research telling us that if young people experience homelessness they are more likely to be homeless in the long term.”
“I’m determined to work with partners like Melbourne City Mission to make a real difference to people’s lives – those partnerships are key to meeting the challenges we face in addressing homelessness.”