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The sustainability of the youth foyer model: A comparison of the UK and Australia

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The youth foyer model was designed to provide a package of support, including accommodation to homeless or at-risk young people, based on participation in education, training and/or employment as a supported transition to independent living and a sustainable livelihood. Commencing in the early 1990s, the UK has developed a large number of foyers while Australia is a relative newcomer to this kind of supportive youth housing. Unlike in the UK, existing and proposed Australian foyer income generated from current benefits and subsidies is not sufficient to cover the cost of support. We highlight the need for an extensible source of funding specifically for supportive housing for homeless and at-risk youth in order to ensure the financial sustainability and therefore replicability of the foyer model in Australia. We also discuss some issues relating to the translation of the model from one national context to another.

History

Journal

Social Policy and Society

Volume

16

Pagination

391-404

Location

Cambridge, England

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1474-7464

eISSN

1475-3073

Language

English

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

3

Publisher

Cambridge University Press