Friday 17th March 2017

The Housing Trust and Southern Youth and Family Services join forces for our vulnerable young people.

The Illawarra’s largest community housing provider, the Housing Trust, and the largest specialist youth and family service in this Region, Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help young people in our community.

The partnership will provide a framework on how both organisations can continue to work  effectively together to help young people move from specialist homelessness services to long term accommodation and to break the cycle of chronic homelessness.

Jaymee Beveridge, acting CEO at the Housing Trust, says the new partnership enhances the current arrangements and aims to help vulnerable young people in the Illawarra by giving them access to housing opportunities.

“We are excited to be working in partnership with SYFS, providing clear pathways for young people to supported and independent housing and giving them the rental experience they need to move into the private market. This includes young mothers with children and young people engaged in employment or training”

“Our aim is to provide more housing opportunities for young people so that they can get the skills and support necessary to increase their ability to access education, training and employment. This is particularly important given that the 2011 Census showed that 42% of homeless Australians were under 25 years of age. There is a real need to work together to help our vulnerable youth.”

SYFS has been working in the Illawarra for over 30 years, providing support and assistance to vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless young people and those at risk of disadvantage and homelessness and their families and other disadvantaged adults and families.

“Young people are one of the most disadvantaged groups in our community in terms of gaining access to secure and affordable housing. Low income levels, high you unemployment, lack of affordable housing are key issues facing vulnerable young people and so it is extremely positive to be able to expand the housing and support opportunities for these young people”, said Narelle Clay, SYFS CEO.

Both organisations are proud to be working together to support vulnerable people in the Illawarra.