Great piece by Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing, Tasmania, in The Advocate newspaper highlighting Tasmania’s continued investment in increased accommodation facilities for young people at risk to help them reach independence and lead thriving, productive lives.
The Tasmanian Government developed the Affordable Housing Action Plan 2019-2023 to help deliver more supported youth accommodation facilities that include integrated education and employment options and develop young people’s independent living skills.
The development and implementation of a plan to transition all Tasmanian Youth Supported Accommodation to Education First Youth Foyers (currently referred to as Youth2Independence) is an incredible outcome for the 220 young people that will reside across the 5 sites, including facilities operating at Trinity Hill, in Hobart, Thyne House in Launceston, and Eveline House, in Devonport with new facilities being built near TasTAFE in Burnie and Hobart.
“The Tasmanian Government recognises the housing challenges facing Tasmanians and is responding with a historic 10-year, $1.5 billion housing package – the largest housing investment in the State’s history” – Minister Guy Barnett.
“We applaud the commitment of the Tasmanian Government for their leadership and investment in Education First Youth Foyers (Youth2Independence). This is wonderful example of collaboration by key stakeholders such as Anglicare Tasmania, Brotherhood of St Laurence, YFCC and many other dedicated partners working together to advocate and champion improving outcomes for young people at risk” Liz Cameron-Smith, CEO