Gold Coast homeless youth get a helping hand

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Homeless youth to receive a helping hand on the Gold Coast

Young people on the Gold Coast will have more opportunities to find stable housing through a new mobile support service.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said support provider Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth would receive funding of $171,000 per annum, for two years, to deliver new services to local youth experiencing homelessness.

“This mobile service will ensure young people who are sleeping rough, couch surfing or struggling to maintain a tenancy, can get help no matter where they are,” Mr de Brenni said.

“It’s expected the new service will be able to help young people, and their families, to resolve the issues that put them at risk of homelessness.

“Young people become homeless for a variety of reasons – whether it’s experiencing or witnessing domestic violence, drugs and alcohol, mental health challenges or issues relating to gender or sexuality.

“We not only need to support young people currently experiencing homelessness, we need to do everything we can to prevent it from happening in the first place.”

Andrew Antonopoulos from Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth said young people will receive tailored support, based on their individual needs, such as help to find housing and developing a budget, learning cooking and shopping skills and being linked to support services.

“Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth will provide young people, aged between 16 and 25, with the help and skills they need to find and keep a safe and secure home and prevent them falling into homelessness,” Mr Antonopoulos said.

“We are very pleased to be able to work with the Queensland Government to provide young people on the Coast with the support they need.”

In 2016-17 the government will allocate more than $122 million to deliver 220 specialist homelessness services across Queensland.

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