Anglicare Southern Queensland has received Development Approval for a $13 million specialist youth homeless accommodation service in Logan that aims to address the escalating housing crisis.

Anglicare Southern Queensland Chief Executive Officer Sue Cooke, said that the 30-unit accommodation project on Manila St, Beenleigh is designed to support young people aged 16-25, who are either homeless or at significant risk of homelessness.

“Sadly, nearly a quarter of Australians experiencing homelessness are aged between 12 and 24. In particular, the South Brisbane-Logan corridor has a significant shortage of immediate need accommodation for young people facing homelessness,” Ms Cooke said.

specialist youth homeless accommodation
specialist youth homeless accommodation

“Anglicare Southern Queensland is committed to doing all that we can to help alleviate the housing crisis. We are pleased to commit to this significant project, that will support both the immediate need and the long-term success for vulnerable young people.”

Anglicare Southern Queensland is a significant provider of youth homeless accommodation and services in Southeast Queensland, providing specialised services in Beenleigh, Cleveland and Mt Gravatt including 46,511 hours of support for women and young people experiencing homelessness in 2022-23.

The property will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and include 24 studio apartments and six one-bedroom apartments for couples or small families.

specialist youth homeless accommodation
specialist youth homeless accommodation

Ms Cooke said the property will incorporate best-practice design and management modelling.

“The location has been chosen as it’s close to public amenities including shopping centres, business and civic centres, a local sports centre, public green spaces, and has convenient access to public transport,” Ms Cooke said.

“In addition to accommodation, residents will also receive a suite of wrap-around support services to help improve life skills and increase independence, while providing the care and connections these young people need, through a case-planned process.

“We know that with stable housing and the right support network, young people can positively change their life trajectory by securing employment, education, and long-term housing.

specialist youth homeless accommodation
specialist youth homeless accommodation

“At Anglicare, we’re here to help those at risk to find a home, but we know we can’t do it alone. We are seeking corporate donors and partners to help realize this important community project and welcome in-kind or financial contributions of any size.

Construction is due to commence in late 2024, creating several local jobs and an economic boost for the area, and is expected to be completed in late 2025.

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