The Illawarra Youth Foyer Project provides medium to long term supported housing for homeless or at risk of homelessness young people aged 16 to 23 years of age inclusive who are in engaged in or preparing to engage in education, training and pre-employment and employment support.

The Service aims to provide assistance to young people so they can improve their living situations, move to independence and improve their chances of completing education, accessing training and gaining employment.

It provides the best chance of success for young people pursuing education, training and employment. The Service works closely with existing relevant services and sits within a well established integrated service system. A variety of accommodation and housing facilities are offered including onsite support and also dispersed independent units.

The Service provides:

  • Supported medium to long term housing
  • assistance with employment, education and training
  • support, advocacy, information
  • living skills, social skills and personal development
  • liaison with other agencies
  • Assessment, intervention, basic counselling and mediation

Relationships between young people, their families and the staff are key to success

News from The Southern Youth Foyer Project

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…

‘Nowhere to go’: Troubled teens find hope in unique housing program

‘Nowhere to go’: Troubled teens find hope in unique housing program – SBS News, 12 August 2015

Youth Foyer model, an education first approach to tackling homelessness

https://johnmenadue.com/conny-lenneberg-youth-foyer-model-an-education-first-approach-to-tackling-homelessness/  Blogpost, August 8 2019

Future now bright thanks to Education First Youth Foyer

Future now bright thanks to Education First Youth Foyer – Herald Sun, 6 July 2016

A Deal Hayden Couldn’t Refuse: Cheap Housing in Exchange for Study

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/a-deal-hayden-couldn-t-refuse-cheap-housing-in-exchange-for-study-20190704-p523yo.html – The Age, July 4 2019

Five-year homelessness funding to provide more stability

Five-year homelessness funding to provide more stability – Sydney Morning Herald, 16 March 2018