On any given night in Victoria, around 4,000 young people are homeless. Of this number, over 50 percent are not involved in education or employment. To help address this issue, Launch Housing has opened two Education First Youth Foyers – Holmesglen Foyer, based at Holmesglen Institute’s Waverley campus, and Kangan Foyer, based at the Kangan Institute, Broadmeadows. Funded by the State Government of Victoria, the foyers are the first of their kind in Victoria.
By providing and combining affordable accommodation, education, training and employment, Education First Youth Foyers help break the cycle of homelessness, create opportunities, and help young people lead independent and fulfilling lives.
Both Education First Youth foyers accommodate 40 young people between 16 and 24 years in studio style apartments with communal living and support service areas supervised by trained staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Key services include life skills development, mental and physical health support, drug and alcohol support, mentoring and employment assistance.
The foyers are based on a successful model that originated in the UK, resulting in more than 75% of people who leave the program becoming engaged in employment or further education, or both.