Youth Housing Project Assoc. Inc. “More than Just Accommodation”
Youth Housing Project (YHP) is a community organisation that provides supported housing for young people (aged 16 to 21 years) who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
We can provide accommodation to parents (single and partnered), expectant parents, couples and single people.
All our units are located North of Brisbane city and are close to shops and public transport. YHP is funded by the Dept of Housing and Public Works under the Specialist Homelessness Services agreement.
The essential services YHP provide are:
- Safe, secure and affordable accommodation
- Information, resources and referral
- Access to support assistance in the transition to independent living in long term secure housing
- A positive environment where issues connected to homelessness can be addressed; and
- Tenancy management which is supportive, educative and responsive to the individual needs of young people.
The notion of a Youth Housing Project based on the Kedron/Lutwyche precinct grew from the demands placed on Kedron Lodge in accommodation for ex-residents of the Lodge. For a number of years a house and flat at in Wooloowin were used for the purpose of semi-independent accommodation for former Lodge residents. The idea was to accommodate young people for a period of time in a situation that provided access to support but was also relatively close to a commercial tenancy agreement.
Funding was applied for through the Youth Supported Accommodation Assistance Programme (YSAAP) at the beginning of the 1986/87 financial year.
Approved funding levels allowed for the employment of one Youth Housing Worker. This position was advertised and filled in January 1987.
A shared flat was established through a partnership with Young Parents Program, with YHP providing tenancy management and YPP providing support.
On the Twenty-Fifth day of July 1990, the Youth Housing Project became an entity of its own as an Incorporated Association.
On the Eighth day of May 1991, the Youth Housing Project received Sanction enabling them to hold fundraising activities within Queensland.
In January funding became available for a joint project for housing young pregnant and parenting women. In May two workers were employed part time working within the two agencies.
In July 2000, the Youth Housing Project received endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient and as an Income Exempt Charitable Entity from the Australian Taxation Office.
Youth Housing Project was provided with an extra property through the CAP Headlease Program to be used as a share house through collaboration with Youth Advocacy Service and Community Connections.
The Youth Housing Project currently holds under the CAP program two x four unit complexes located in the Nundah area, owned by the Dept of Housing and funding through the Dept of Housing for an extra five private rental properties which are located throughout the Inner Northern suburbs.
“Sustainable wellbeing through quality support.”
STATEMENT OF VALUES
YHP works proactively assisting young people facing complex barriers in their lives including systemic inequities and discrimination that lead to disadvantage and marginalisation. YHP’s statement of values underpins and guides our practice; service delivery; individual and organisational behaviour.
Our values are:
- Self determination
- Celebrating diversity
- Fairness and equity
- Working collaboratively
- Embracing change
We provide safe and secure housing and responsive, flexible, quality support for young people.
We do this by adhering to social justice principles, in particular, integrity, honesty, client participation, access and equity.
We are also committed to maintaining collaborative partnerships and a growing sustainable organisation.
Youth Housing Project Assoc Inc (YHP) is a community organisation that provides medium term supported housing for young people (aged 16 to 21 years) who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
YHP’s client base includes parents (single and partnered), expectant parents, couples and single people.
YHP currently focuses on delivering services in the inner northern suburbs of Brisbane.