Launch Housing has opened two Education First Youth Foyers – Holmesglen Foyer, based at Holmesglen Institute’s Waverley campus, and Kangan Foyer, based at the Kangan Institute, Broadmeadows. Funded by the State Government of Victoria, the foyers are the first of their kind in Victoria.

By providing and combining affordable accommodation, education, training and employment, Education First Youth Foyers help break the cycle of homelessness, create opportunities, and help young people lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Both Education First Youth foyers accommodate 40 young people between 16 and 24 years in studio style apartments with communal living and support service areas supervised by trained staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Key services include life skills development, mental and physical health support, drug and alcohol support, mentoring and employment assistance.

The foyers are based on a successful model that originated in the UK, resulting in more than 75% of people who leave the program becoming engaged in employment or further education, or both.

Education First Youth Foyer – Holmesglen
629 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley

Ph : 03 9564 6488
Manager: Bianca Joyce - MANAGER

The emphasis is on enabling young people to commit to and achieve their goals

News from Education First Youth Foyer – Holmesglen

The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine August 26 2019

For this talkback forum on youth homelessness in Melbourne and Victoria Jon Faine is joined in the studio by: Conny Lenneberg … Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence Bevan Warner … CEO, Launch Housing Carley … studying a community services certificate course. She has been living at the Foyer for 18 months. Kiara … studying Year 12 VCAL. She…

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