Lotterywest Provides Financial Support For Foyer Oxford Project

Lotterywest Provides Financial Support For Foyer Oxford Project

Western Australia Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney

Foyer Oxford Project On Its Way To Tackling Youth Homelessness

Victor P Taffa

Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney today presented Anglicare WA with a Lotterywest Cheque for $303,124 to further the development of the Foyer Oxford Project.

The Foyer Project includes both an interim Foyer in Highgate, and the purpose-built Foyer Oxford in Leederville, scheduled for completion in mid-2012.

“The Foyer Model is specifically designed for young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and will provide secure, stable and supported housing.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“The focus will be on developing life skills and providing education, training and other opportunities to reduce the long-term risk of homelessness.”

The Foyer Oxford development is a partnership between Anglicare WA, Foundation Housing and the Central Institute of Technology and will be built on the Leederville Central Institute of Technology site in Oxford Street.

The Department of Housing will fund its construction and a 50-year lease has been negotiated with the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

The support component will be provided by the Department for Child Protection and is funded through the joint Commonwealth/State National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.

The Foyer Oxford will accommodate up to 98 young people aged 16 to 25 years and will incorporate:

  • Studio apartments and small apartments for young people with children;
  • 24 hour on-site staffing and support;
  • Specialised tutoring and mentoring;
  • Commercial units and community spaces as well as an on-site café for young people to gain hospitality experience and engage with the local community.

“This project is an important step towards tackling youth homelessness as it demonstrates the commitment of the State Government to collaborate with non- government agencies to develop innovative and sustainable programs.” the Minister said.