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New homes for Wodonga’s young people underway

New homes for Wodonga’s young people underway

Construction has officially begun on a new supported accommodation program that will assist young people at risk of homelessness in regional Victoria to live independently and thrive in the community.

The Wodonga Education First Youth Foyer is a new youth housing initiative being delivered through a partnership between Homes Victoria, BeyondHousing, Wodonga Institute of TAFE and Junction Support Services.

The $15.7 million development is expected to be completed in mid-2025 and will provide 40 new self-contained studios for young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness or leaving out of home care. 

The project is funded through the Victorian Government’s $50 million Youth Capital Grants program which is delivering youth housing projects across Victoria, including Wangaratta, Werribee, Shepparton, Mildura, Frankston, Bairnsdale, South Morang and Reservoir. 

The Education First Youth Foyer model is based on the Brotherhood of St Laurence Education First Youth Foyers model which are designed as integrated learning and accommodation centres that develop the skills of young people at risk of homelessness.  

Homes Victoria CEO Simon Newport said the homes would help address regional youth homelessness and disadvantage.

“This Education First Youth Foyer will make long-term change to the lives of young people in Wodonga and the surrounding region at risk of or experiencing homelessness.” Mr Newport said.

“The new facility will offer support to young people who have insecure housing to remain engaged in education and to support transition to long term accommodation.”

The Youth Foyer Model provides accommodation – as well as access to education, training, employment, and other wrap around supports for young people aged 16-24 years of age.

The facility will also include a communal kitchen, dining area, courtyard, and staff rooms.

Mr Newport construction commencement marked a “major step forward” in the project.

“This is a great example of the housing and education sectors working together,” he said.  

“Tackling youth homelessness is important, and this facility will help break that cycle of homelessness early and help young people who need housing and education support prepare for a brighter future.”

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