Giving Young People The Help They Need To Get Back On Feet

17 December 2021

The Andrews Labor Government and Melbourne City Mission are joining forces to help keep young people experiencing homelessness in Werribee safe – and help them get back on their feet.

Minister for Housing Richard Wynne today visited Melbourne City Mission’s new Youth Refuge, made possible by a $3.35 million investment by the Labor Government.

The refuge is one of two newly opened buildings – the other a $3.7 million Youth Foyer – funded by the Government and operated by Melbourne City Mission for young people experiencing homelessness in Werribee.

Melbourne City Mission is a highly valued partner and a leader in providing services to help young people experiencing homelessness turn their lives around.

With more than 16 per cent of people experiencing homelessness in Victoria aged between 15 to 24 – and with a 26 per cent increase in youth homelessness in the City of Wyndham in the past five years – these vital projects will ensure young people have the safety of a roof over head and support to reach their goals.

The Werribee Youth Refuge will provide accommodation and support for up to 10 young people aged between 15 and 25, with highly qualified staff providing a range of support including counselling, health services, education, and independent living skills programs.

The Youth Foyer will accommodate 10 young people aged 16 to 25 years who are experiencing homelessness and will have a focus on mental health rehabilitation, while also offering counselling, health and education services, and support to get the life skills they need to transition to independence.

The funding for these two services is in addition to the Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build, which will deliver more than 12,000 new homes and is the largest single investment in social and affordable housing in Australia’s history.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne

“This is more than just bricks and mortar. It’s going to give young people the chance they need to get back on their feet and turn their lives around.”

“Our record funding is making sure people who are sleeping rough or are at risk of homelessness can get a roof over their heads.”

Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“This refuge will make a real difference to young people in our community who need support, providing them with the stability to break the cycle of homelessness and thrive.”

Quote attributable to Melbourne City Mission CEO Vicki Sutton

“We are grateful to the Victorian Government, The Property Industry Foundation and Unison. Every detail in the design and construction of the Youth Refuge and Youth Foyer has been catered to the needs of young people to support them to move beyond their experience of homelessness and reconnect with their local community.”

Reviewed 17 December 2021

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