The Foyer Foundation was established in 2008 to support the growth and development of the Australian Foyer Movement, similar to the United Kingdom’s Foyer Federation.

Who we are

The Foyer Foundation unlocks thriving futures for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. We do this by growing the reach and impact of Youth Foyers. Youth Foyers offer 16-24 year olds a safe and stable place to live for up to two years, integrating housing, education, employment and life skills support all under one roof.

We understand that to unlock thriving futures, we must work together.

We catalyse momentum towards a national goal of 50 Foyers by 2030 by bringing together young people, community organisations, philanthropists and governments in diverse communities across Australia. We connect and align activities nationally; ensure quality services through accreditation, learning and development; build the evidence base; and advocate with young people and our growing network.

What we do

Our purpose is to unlock thriving futures for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness across Australia by growing the reach and impact of Youth Foyers.

We do this by:

  • ensuring the quality of Youth Foyers through accreditation, learning and development
  • building the national evidence base
  • advocating with young people and the national Youth Foyer network

We aim to put young people with lived experience of homelessness at the heart of everything we do, acknowledging their valuable perspectives, capabilities and insights, which are essential to all Foyer Foundation functions; helping to shape our strategy and governance.

Accreditation is key to maintaining the highest standards across the Foyer network. It is a voluntary process that demonstrates the quality and excellence of service delivery in Foyers all around the country, and a safeguard to ensure the sustainability and growth of the Foyer model. The Foyer Foundation employs Validation Assessors and an independent Accreditation Panel to ensure impartial evaluation.

Matt - Team Leader talks the Foyer Approach