Holmesglen Education First Youth Foyer
Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (19:06:57): (1124) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Housing. The action I seek is for the minister to visit my electorate of Mount Waverley to see the Education First Youth Foyer based at the Holmesglen institute’s Waverley campus. The Holmesglen foyer, which has been in operation since 2013, is one of the first of its kind in Victoria, with foyers also successfully running in Broadmeadows and Shepparton. Aimed at breaking the cycle of homelessness, the Education First Youth Foyers provide a safe and secure place for young people who are unable to live at home and are willing to commit to staying in education and training. The results speak for themselves. Prior to entering the foyer, only 6 per cent of participants were in their own home. A year after exiting the foyer this rose to 50 per cent. Going in, 28 per cent were in crisis accommodation, and this fell drastically to just 1 per cent. Eighty-five per cent of participants were in work or education the year after exiting, with 75 per cent having completed year 12, a cert III or higher. I could go on about this fantastic program, but I am reminded that a quick adjournment is a good adjournment.
Answer: Thank you for your invitation to visit the Education First Youth Foyer based at the Holmesglen Institute’s Waverley campus. I appreciate your offer and would like to accept the opportunity to visit.
As you know, Youth Foyer’s assist young people aged 16 to 24 years with safe, secure and affordable housing whilst they study. Whilst living at the Foyer, young people are supported by trained staff to engage in education and employment and develop their independent living skills, thereby enriching their health and wellbeing.
Support services on site include career guidance, employment assistance, mentoring, mental and physical health support, developing life skills and assistance with involvement in volunteer and community activities.
I look forward to visiting the Education First Youth Foyer with you to observe the work and engagement of young people in this service.
Hon Richard Wynne MP
Minister for Housing