Work on a new $13 million Youth Foyer for young people at risk of homelessness on the Gold Coast has turned the first sod.
The Queensland government purchased the site for $2.6 million in 2017, with plans for completion of the Southport-based project originally slated by the end of this year.
The centre, at North and High Street, will be managed by Gold Coast Youth Service in partnership with Horizon Housing Company, and provide accommodation for vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25 years.
“So, rather than worrying about where you’re going to sleep or where your next meal is coming from, you can study and work hard to create a brighter future,” member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said.
Each young person living in the Youth Foyer would need to be in employment, education or training to be eligible to live at the centre.
Scanlon said they will also pay 25 per cent of their income in rent.
The development will include 40 self-contained apartments with 24-hour on-site supervision and support for the young tenants.
“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,” Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said.
“What’s clear is that this community is crying out for more social and affordable housing.”
This project is expected to employ 600 tradies including 60 apprentices.