Secure the future — homes for young Australians

Mar 20, 2024

The Foyer Foundation is calling on the federal government to fund 10 new accommodation sites across Australia that will house and support more than 3000 young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness over the next decade.

A consortium of 13 community organisations known as FoyerInvest is seeking funding to construct 10 new 40-unit buildings to help tackle the homelessness crisis that thousands are facing each day. 

Known as “Youth Foyers”, the self-contained units with private bathroom and kitchen facilities would offer safe and secure housing to residents, along with education, employment and training opportunities and holistic support to help young people get their lives back on track.

“Contrary to common perceptions, young people experience the highest rates of homelessness among all age groups in Australia. Forty per cent of people experiencing homelessness are under the age of 24,” The Foyer Foundation CEO Liz Cameron-Smith said. 

“The Prime Minister and the Minister for Housing understand the importance of secure and affordable housing for young people’s long-term futures. Now is the time for action and investment in practical housing solutions that will make an immediate impact on housing supply for young people.” 

The FoyerInvest group is in Canberra on March 18 and 19 to meet with key decision makers and discuss its budget bid for $184 million in capital to build the new accommodation facilities over the next three years. 

“There are too many young people being forced to couch surf, live in cars, in overcrowded or unsafe homes or even on the streets,” Cameron-Smith said. 

“Foyers are a proven solution that gives young people who are ready to learn and earn a way out of homelessness. 

“Our partners have identified 16 communities in regional, remote and metropolitan places where a Foyer would make a significant difference to the lives of the young people and their communities. An investment of $184 million in this budget will mean we can get to work on delivering 10 more Foyers.” 

Funding these services will help the federal government meet its commitment to combat youth homelessness and leave no-one behind. 

"Our housing and support system is operating well beyond capacity. Two in 3 young people seeking medium-term housing support are turned away. Youth Foyers address this gap by offering young people a safe and stable home for up to two years, combined with the coaching and support they need to transition from homelessness towards independent, thriving futures.,” Cameron-Smith said. 

“This not only benefits each young person, it also has positive impacts for their families, communities and our economy.” 

Independent modelling by Accenture found Youth Foyers significantly reduced the cost to state and federal governments of supporting young people experiencing homelessness. 

The Under One Roof report found that every dollar invested by governments in a Youth Foyer generated an additional $6 in benefits. The benefits of a young person supported through a Foyer were $172,417 in reduced lifetime costs per person. 

The modelling found 65 per cent of young people in a Foyer were in employment on exit, reducing the need for welfare by $47,330 per person throughout their lifetime.

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