The Palaszczuk Government has turned the sod on a new Youth Foyer for Gold Coasters at risk of homelessness.
Turning the sod on the vacant plot in Southport yesterday, Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government was giving 40 young people the best start in life by keeping them off the streets.
“We are working with the Gold Coast community to build something that meets the expectations and needs of not just future residents, but the local community who will welcome them in.”
“This project will employ 600 tradies including 60 apprentices.”
Mr de Brenni said the government’s consultation with the community had been overwhelmingly positive.
“Gold Coasters told us they want to see local young adults unleash their full potential, by being able to hold down a steady job or continue in education and training,” he said.
“But that’s impossible when you live from day-to-day not knowing where you’re going to sleep or where your next meal is coming from.
“During their time in government, the LNP didn’t build a single social home on the Gold Coast,” Mr de Brenni said. “What’s clear is that this community is crying out for more social and affordable housing, which is exactly what the Palaszczuk Government is delivering.”
Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon, said residents and organisations will be working together on the best way that we can welcome these young people into our community and ensure they stay on track.
“The Youth Foyer site is close to education facilities and government services, will eventually have 40 self-contained apartments with 24-hour on-site supervision and support for the young tenants.
“So, rather than worrying about where you’re going to sleep or where your next meal is coming from, you can study and work hard to create a brighter future.”
Ms Scanlon said every young person living in the Youth Foyer would pay rent while being supported to learn the skills necessary to get ahead and be a good citizen of Queensland.