Young people at risk of becoming homeless will be given a helping hand, thanks to a new project launched today by the Palaszczuk Government during National Homelessness Week.

The Sustaining Young People’s Tenancies Project, run in partnership with the Brisbane Youth Service, will help support young people and their families living in public and community housing.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that young people remained particularly vulnerable to homelessness.

“Young people become homeless for a variety of reasons whether it’s experiencing or witnessing domestic violence, drugs and alcohol, mental health problems or issues relating to gender or sexuality,” Mr de Brenni said.

“It’s always better if we can prevent young people from becoming homeless in the first place and make sure that they have safe, secure accommodation.

“That’s why we’ve committed nearly $1 million to this new program to give Queensland’s youth access to early intervention support and prevent them from falling into homelessness.”

Mr de Brenni said the project would focus on the Brisbane metropolitan area initially and give direct support to young people aged between 16 and 25 years old.

“The service will work with our Fortitude Valley, Chermside, Inala and Buranda Housing Service Centres to identify at risk young people who need support to keep their housing,” he said.

“Mobile workers will work directly with participants to provide them support in their own homes.

“The project will address their individual needs, with a focus on building their confidence and equipping them with the skills they need to stay in their homes and create a strong future for themselves.

“For instance if a young person is struggling with debt the service will work to get them into appropriate financial counselling, and support them through the process of planning their finances.”

Employment Minister and Member for Brisbane Central Grace Grace said the new project would support those who needed it most.

“This is great news for young Queenslanders who rely on social housing to put a roof over their head,” Ms Grace said.

“A lack of access to support services can be a key factor leading to homelessness, but that’s exactly what this program will provide.

“Brisbane Youth Service does an outstanding job in my electorate and I’ll continue to work with them to tackle youth homelessness.

“I can’t think of a better time to announce this new funding than during National Homeless Week.”

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