Homelessness Project Launched

Homelessness Project Launched

Western Australia Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney

Western Australia Minister for Housing Bill Marmion

Launch Of Australia’s First Foyer Development To Reduce Youth Homelessness

Victor P Taffa

Tackling youth homelessness in Perth took a step forward today with the launch of Australia’s First Foyer Oxford Development.

The 98-room complex, to be built on the Central Institute of Technology site in Oxford Street, Leederville will be funded as part of the $135 Million Homelessness National Partnership Agreement (NPA) A Place to Call Home’ initiative.

Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney and Housing Minister Bill Marmion today announced the start of the project.

“This is yet another positive example of the $68 Million funding investment the Liberal-National Government is making in funding initiatives to tackle homelessness in our State in the next four years.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“Young people, aged 16 to 25, will be accommodated in self-contained studios and double apartments, with assistance to help them get back into stable accommodation and employment.”

The Foyer Oxford will cater for up to 100 young people at a time. Of those, 35 will be at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness and 10 will be exiting the Child Protection System.

Annual funding of approximately $700,000 will be provided through the Department for Child Protection with capital for the development to be provided by the Department of Housing.

Mr. Marmion said he was pleased with the new model of helping the State’s Disadvantaged Young People.

“Once built, the Foyer will provide young people with the means to access long-term accommodation, training and support.” Mr. Marmion said.

“There are more than 1,000 Foyers around the world and they’ve all helped people who have found themselves on hard times to open a new and more promising chapter in their lives.”

The NPA is a four-year joint Federal/State National Partnership Agreement.

The Foyer Oxford development is a partnership between Anglicare WA, Foundation Housing and the Central Institute of Technology and is set to be open in 2012.

WA Minister for Housing Bill Marmion

WA Minister for Housing Bill Marmion