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Premier’s Youth Initiative Pilot

November 17, 2017 @ 3:21pm

Argyle Housing knows that too many youths are forced into the unfortunate situation of being homeless which can interrupt their access to education and training, and damage their physical and mental health.

Homelessness and particularly chronic long-term homelessness has significant impacts on the ability of young people to access education and training, maintain physical and mental health and fully participate in society. In 2015-16, specialist homelessness services in NSW assisted more than 18,400 young people aged 15-24 years. Some were alone living in unstable housing, sleeping rough, living in boarding houses, motels or in crisis refuges, or house hopping with family and friends.

The Premier’s Youth Initiative Pilot Program is a youth homelessness initiative that will provide services to young people leaving Out of Home Care.

The Initiative aims to support young people who are vulnerable to homelessness in the process of leaving Out of Home Care by way of offering a suite of interventions aimed at bridging the gap between Out of Home Care support and independent living.  These interventions target and build the long-term capacity and resilience of young people with the aim to permanently divert them from the homelessness service system.

Argyle has proudly entered a 3-year partnership agreement with Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT to deliver the Premier’s Youth Initiative Pilot Program in South-Western Sydney. Working closely with Anglicare, Argyle’s role in the program includes the provision of accommodation to assist youth in establishing and maintaining a tenancy.

The objective is to enable young people to remain in accommodation following the end of our exit from the program. To further strengthen the initiative, the program will be supported by a dedicated Tenancy Officer, providing tailored tenancy management services to pilot participants in close partnership with Anglicare.

If you are in need of Affordable Housing you can find more information here and if you wish to speak to someone about your options please do not hesitate to contact us at your closest Argyle Housing Office which you can find here.

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