Helping young out of home care leavers prepare for their future

On 12 September 2017, Minister Goward announced the development of a new centre dedicated to helping young out of home care leavers.

Foyer51 will be a purpose-built centre located in central Sydney, offering young out of home care leavers a safe and affordable place to live while they engage in education, training and employment.

Students will have the opportunity to spend 18-months living in this bespoke facility. It is modelled off a globally successful program and delivered at a critical development age (18-22 years), giving those who participate a chance to lead an independent future.

Uniting, St George Community Housing, Social Ventures Australia have partnered with the NSW Government, aiming to reduce rates of youth homelessness and youth unemployment. City of Sydney will also contribute $3m towards the development.

The development will also provide up to 26 affordable housing units for low income earners helping increase supply in inner Sydney.

Construction is expected to commence in 2018 and will take around two years to complete. Foyer51 services are due to start in early 2021.