An innovative housing program funded through the Andrews Labor Government is helping young Frankston locals into affordable accommodation, Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing, Martin Foley, announced today.
The Detour program, operated by Melbourne City Mission, supports young people aged between 12 and 24 who are dealing with problems at home or who have recently left home and are having trouble finding a secure, safe place to live.
It works to support vulnerable young people who are newly homeless or are at risk, keep them from becoming permanently homelessness and get them back on track as soon as possible.
Mr Foley joined representatives from Melbourne City Mission and Kids Under Cover to inspect a new two-bedroom unit being built in the backyard of a Carrum Downs family, who were experiencing over-crowding.
The Labor Government recently announced continuing funding of $1.9 million to the Detour program as part of the 2015-2016 State Budget.
The money is part of a $40.3 million funding package for seven Homelessness Innovation Action Projects across Victoria, which will help to ensure safe, affordable housing and services to break the cycle of homelessness.
The projects are currently assisting around 2,000 people annually, including young people, families, older people and women and children escaping family violence.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing, Martin Foley
“I’m delighted to announce the continuing funding for the Detour program, which is doing so much for local young people who are looking for assistance in acquiring stable, affordable accommodation.”
“All the evidence shows that if people can be housed and given support early on, before homelessness becomes entrenched, then they are much more likely to remain in a house.”
“I’d also like to thank Melbourne City Mission and Kids Under Cover for the wonderful work they are doing in the Frankston area.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020