Youth Homelessness Matters Day Edition
17th April 2024

Wednesday 17th April is Youth Homelessness Matters Day. YHMD is a day to celebrate the resilience and capacity of our young people who experience homelessness and to recognise that we've come quite a way in Queensland in responding to youth homelessness, even in recent months.

However, with a national housing crisis we know that young people continue to have additional vulnerabilities and barriers and we still have a way to go in ensuring all young people are safely housed. Please sign the petition below for a national child and youth homelessness plan.

We know of awesome events happening in Specialist Youth Homelessness Services across the State. It would be great to see highlights of your events. Please share your pics to our facebook page LINK or email to

Share the many resources of YHMD available here:
YHMD Campaign Pack - Yfoundations
Please feel free to share Queensland Youth Housing Coalition's YHMD poster - download it here.
A call for a National Strategy to end Child and Youth Homelessness! Sign the petition here

Platform 1225 Conference 2024

Platform 1225 Conference, 2024 will be held on Wednesday 15th May at Rydges Southbank, Brisbane.
At our Platform 1225 Conference each year we’re intent on sharing a variety of insights that enhance our aim to build a solid platform for young people 12-25 years in our communities. We’re excited to announce thought provoking presenters focused on solutions to the issues encountered by young people. If you work with young people, or are interested in ensuring a solid platform for our young people, join us!
Register at the link below, scan the QR code or click on the poster:
A United National Voice for Youth Homelessness

Home Time launched March 15 with over 80 organisations including QYHC on board and more joining every day.

Two great stories helped launch our advocacy.
Let’s make this campaign and youth homelessness a focus across our country. Please sign up here.

#FixHousingForYoungPeople #HomeTime.


Queensland Youth Week 2024 ended on Saturday after a week of celebrating young people aged 12 to 25 and their positive contributions to Queensland communities.
Councils, schools and youth organisations across the hosted a slew of activities and events and highlighted young people’s talent and achievements. We’ll have more in our April Newsletter.

Great News for Queensland’s Young People
and SYHS since YHMD 2023

Queensland Youth Housing Coalition (QYHC) has been working in partnership with the Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works to deliver on commitments under Towards Ending Homelessness for Young Queenslanders 2022-2027.

A funding uplift of $20.88 million across 24 existing Specialist Homelessness Services delivering Immediate Supported Accommodation (Shelters) for young people will ensure that there is at least one worker onsite 24/7 and two workers onsite during peak periods of service delivery. This uplift in funding recognises the challenges faced by organisations to provide services to young people with complex needs during peak times, often evenings.

This funding also includes the enhancement of one Immediate Supported Accommodation program in five locations across Queensland to move to a two-worker awake model, allowing for 24/7 intake of young people who are experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless. In partnership with the department, QYHC will be working with stakeholders including service providers and young people to co-design place-based minimum standards and expectations for this enhanced service delivery model.

As well as enhancing two existing Mobile Support and/or Outreach Access services in Mount Isa and Logan, an open tender is currently being undertaken that will deliver 13 new Mobile Support services for young people across 15 regional locations and enhance existing outreach and/or mobile support services in Moreton Bay and Cairns for young people including First Nations young people.
In case you missed February’s announcements, Homes for Queenslanders included the great news that all Specialist Homelessness Services will be receiving a 20 per cent uplift in funding, an Independent Review is being undertaken and many other sector announcements to support young people including:
  • critical response team to all regions
  • more staff in Housing Service Centres
  • extension of the Immediate Housing Response for Families to include individuals and couples
  • new after-hours outreach services
  • new mobile support services to help young people in both their homes and public places, to find and keep housing
  • eight new Youth Foyers
  • support for young people in community housing, and
  • one-stop-shop for young people partnering with Brisbane Youth Service.
And don’t forget the Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works Youth Essentials – providing financial assistance to eligible young people to support their move to independent living. Renters Relief Package to access private rental products including Bond Loans, Rental Subsidies and Rental Grants to help find and apply for a place to rent, move into a rental, and keep your home.

For more information on new initiatives, click here.
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