The new Gold Coast Youth Foyer, designed by Paynters, is set to offer 40 single occupancy, self-contained units where young people can rent a home in a safe and stable environment. The facility will also be supported so that youths can achieve their education and employment goals.

Our team turned sod at the Southport site yesterday, along with Minister for Housing & Public Works, Mick de Brenni who said that this facility was giving 40 young people the best start in life by keeping them off the streets.

“We are working with the Gold Coast community to build something that meets the expectations and needs of not just future residents, but the local community who will welcome them in.” said Mr de Brenni

Mr de Brenni said the government’s consultation with the community had been overwhelmingly positive.

“Gold Coasters told us they want to see local young adults unleash their full potential, by being able to hold down a steady job or continue in education and training,” he said.

“But that’s impossible when you live from day-to-day not knowing where you’re going to sleep or where your next meal is coming from.” he said.

The foyer will provide accommodation for vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25 years old. The tenants will need to be in employment, education or training to be eligible to live at the youth foyer. They will also contribute 25% of their income as rent.

Youth staff will provide 24/7 on-site assistance for the young tenants and ensure support is available when necessary.

Paynters have previously completed numerous projects for the Dept of Housing and Public Works across the State, including award-winning supported living projects in both Cairns & Townsville and look forward to delivery this project.