Extract from an article by Katie Robertson
A NEW apartment project in Leederville will help nearly 100 homeless young people into jobs and permanent homes.
The multi-million dollar Foyer Oxford was opened this morning by Premier Colin Barnett, who praised the innovative transitional housing project, which is intended to provide young people with life skills, training and educational opportunities while getting them back on their feet.
“I am pleased that the country’s first purpose-built Foyer is a Western Australian initiative,” Mr Barnett said.
“Not only will it assist with homelessness, it will help transform the lives of young people who have faced difficult circumstances and obstacles in their lives.”
The Foyer project, an Australian-first, will house 98 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 for up to two years while helping them to find a job and permanent home.
The four-storey building has 98 apartments, including 21 two-bedroom apartments for young single parents with a child under three years of age.
Young people are selected by a panel of youth care professionals, looking for people who have already started to turn their lives around.
Twenty-three residents have already moved in.
Foundation Housing chief executive Kathleen Gregory said the program would tackle the root causes of homelessness.
“Every night, there are about 6000 young Western Australians without a bed of their own,” she said.
“Most of them bounce from place to place, ‘couch surfing’ with friends, or cycling through institutional care.
“The Foyer program is different, and successful because it focuses on people’s strengths and capacities, rather than their problems and deficits.”
Foyer Oxford is built on the site of the Central Institute of Technology on Oxford Street, and was constructed with funding from both the State and Commonwealth, and support from Foundation Housing, Anglicare, BHP Billiton, the Central Institute of Technology, Lotterywest and government agencies.
The Department for Child Protection and Family Support will contribute $5 million over five years towards operational costs, while BHP Billiton will match this over the same period…(continues)
SOURCE: Katie Robertson, “Foyer Oxford accommodation for homeless young people opens”, Perth Now, 06 March 2014
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