Helping young people into a home

The City of Sydney welcomes the NSW Government’s announcement of a new housing initiative that will help at risk young people from becoming homeless, while also boosting supply of affordable rental housing.

Foyer51 will offer 51 studio style apartments for young people for an 18 month period, with tailored support services and live-in Uniting staff available 24/7.

The project has the potential to provide an additional 26 affordable housing units for low income workers, subject to development approval.

The City has contributed $3 million to St George Community Housing to help deliver the project that is based on the internationally successful ‘youth foyer’ housing model.

“This is a fantastic initiative and an example of how not-for-profits and all levels of government can work together to prevent homelessness and build more affordable housing in the inner city,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“The youth foyer model gives young people the support they need to live independently, learn a trade or profession, gain employment and ultimately break the cycle of homelessness.”

The project is being delivered by Uniting, St George Community Housing, Social Ventures Australia and the NSW Government, with support from the City.

“Originating in France, the youth foyer model has successfully operated in the United Kingdom, Canada, Perth and Melbourne,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It has proven to be an effective holistic approach to supporting young people to live independently, gain education and employment, and break the cycle of homelessness,” the Lord Mayor said.

“This type of project is critical when research shows homeless young people who are not assisted at an early stage tend to remain homeless for longer periods.”

Although social and affordable housing is primarily the responsibility of state and federal governments, the City is investing more than $24 million in affordable housing measures.

Through development contribution schemes, subsidised land sales to community housing providers, grants, planning controls and planning agreements, the City is contributing to the affordable housing supply, with more than 1,800 affordable and diverse housing units across the city.

The City continues to look for opportunities to use these measures to deliver more affordable housing in Sydney.

The City is also continuing its practical support for specialist homelessness services in the inner city, with funding to support people sleeping rough into safe accommodation.

In 2017–18, the City has allocated $2.2 million to address homelessness, which includes $1.1 million for the NSW Government’s Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) to support the provision of specialist homelessness services in the inner City. Council also committed to funding FACS an additional $2.4 million from 2018–20.

In 2015–2016, specialist homelessness services, funded by the City of Sydney, helped more than 320 people to access housing with support and prevented more than 450 people from becoming homeless.

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Advisor Angela Salt. Phone 0455 958 503 or email asalt@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, phone 02 8974 4165 or email media@clovermoore.com.au