Hanover Welcomes Labor's Youth Foyer Announcement

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Hanover Welfare Services

52 Haig Street, South Melbourne Vic 3205

Phone: 03 9699 6388

Fax: 03 9699 6790

E-mail: hanover@hanover.org.au

Web: hanover.org.au



4 November, 2010

Hanover Welcomes Labor’s Youth Foyer Announcement

Hanover Welfare Services welcomed today’s announcement by the Victorian Labor

Party that it would provide $15.7 million for the development of youth foyers to assist

young people experiencing homelessness. 

Hanover Welfare Services chief executive officer, Mr Tony Keenan said that initiatives

with a strong focus on engagement with education such as foyer were critical to

bringing about real change in the lives of young Victorians experiencing homelessness.

“Hanover has been advocating strongly to both sides of politics for the need to move

beyond models that simply provide a roof over someone’s head for a short period.

Foyers are about providing a long term support to ensure that the most disadvantaged

young Victorian gets a genuine chance to succeed in life”  he said.

Mr Keenan said that overseas evaluations of foyers showed that this type of reform

provided real opportunities for vulnerable young people to get a start in life. Foyers

generally provide up to two years of accommodation and support with the condition that

the young person works to becoming engaged in education. 

”Independent evaluations of  foyers in the UK showed that 75% of young people exited

foyers successfully engaged in further education, employment or both. These

approaches which join up services between education, housing and other supports

provide real opportunities and represent substantial shift away from the welfare trap

approaches of the past” said Mr. Keenan.

Media Enquiries:

Tony Keenan – Hanover Welfare Services CEO on 9695 8352 / 0413 526 910. 

ABOUT Hanover Welfare Services

Established in 1964, Hanover is a leading Melbourne - based agency which provides

services to people experiencing homelessness or housing crisis. Hanover takes its

name from its first location in Hanover Street, Fitzroy.  Hanover is independent; it has

no structural links with churches, institutions or governments.

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