Homelessness providers called to tender for specialist youth services

The Palaszczuk Government has called on homelessness organisations to tender for five new specialist mobile support services for young people.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the mobile support service, part of the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027, would assist young people who are living rough, couch surfing or struggling to maintain a tenancy.

“On any given night in Queensland, there are thousands of young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness,” Mr de Brenni said. 

“Often young people become homeless due to violence in their home, or alcohol or drug issues within their family. Mental health can also be a factor, or issues relating to gender or sexuality. 

“It’s rarely a single reason, and this is why we need specialist services to assist. 

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

“Through the mobile support service, young people will be able to receive tailored support, based on their individual needs. 

“That may include assistance to find suitable accommodation, and also helping them develop the skills needed to successfully keep that accommodation: learning how to budget, how to cook, and how to shop.” 

Mr de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government was investing more than $850,000 in mobile support services over the next 12 months, with the services located in the Gold Coast, Cairns, Moreton Bay, the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba regions. 

“Now we want local organisations to put their hands up to deliver these services,” he said. 

“Interested organisations will need to demonstrate their ability to deliver mobile support services and provide longer-term housing options, as well as having experience working with young people. 

“The program 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.” 

In 2017-18, the Queensland Government is investing more than $128 million to deliver specialist homelessness services across Queensland. 

To submit a tender, visit the Queensland Government’s QTenders website at: www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders. Submissions open 10 August and close 6 September 2017.