Young people who are experiencing homelessness now have a new safe place to stay, with a supported accommodation service for young people open on the Gold Coast.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the seven bedroom home known as Bill Hoyer House and operated by Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth (GCPHY) would be a safe place for young people with nowhere else to go.

“We know that there are a number of young people living rough or couch surfing on the coast, and access to safe and supportive accommodation like Bill Hoyer House makes a huge difference to their lives,” Mr de Brenni said.

“Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth do tremendous work supporting young people here on the Coast, and this home will boost their capacity to respond to kids in need.”

At the official opening today, Minister de Brenni said the completed construction of the new facility was a testament to the support of the wider community.

“This project has been a wonderful joint initiative between the State Government, City of Gold Coast and a consortium of 90 construction business under the lead of developer Villa World,” Minister de Brenni said.

“City of Gold Coast provided the land, the State Government provided establishment funding of $250,000 and Villa World organised donations of labour, materials and money from suppliers, contractors and consultants.

“We’ve all done our part to help see this project completed, and now GCPHY will turn this house into a home for vulnerable young people.

“Homelessness is a complex issue and requires a whole-of-community approach to finding a solution.

“It’s great to see team efforts like this that make a real difference.”

The State Government funding contribution to GCHPY in 2016-17 is more than $2 million including a recent investment for a mobile support service targeting young people on the Gold Coast.

Across the Gold Coast as at 1 November 2016, there is more than $17.3 million worth of social housing construction underway. This investment will see a further 69 homes built for people in need of Government-owned housing help.