Youth homelessness is an all to familiar problem that destroys opportunity and has a massive effect on quality of life.
To combat this growing trend, Central, in partnership with the Housing Authority, Foundation Housing and Anglicare WA launched Foyer Oxford in 2014.
The success of the Foyer Oxford project was recognised at the recent Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management, where it won the Strengthening Families and Communities Award.
Foyer Oxford is a holistic response to homelessness. It provides safe and secure accommodation, as well as access to services like education, training and employment to help at risk young people live independent and productive lives.
Premier Colin Barnett stated the recipients and nominees of the Premier’s Awards recognise positive changes in the community.
“The range of benefits includes economic, social, environmental, cultural and the health and wellbeing of West Australians. The award entries are an excellent way to share good ideas, good methods and great results – with each other, other jurisdictions and the wider community”, Premier Barnett said.
Foyer Oxford is the first facility of its kind in WA and one of 1,000 Foyers across the world. The model is considered best practice because it provides at-risk young people with long-term transitional accommodation and comprehensive support.