Queensland Youth Housing Coalition

Homelessness happens: It must be spoken about to be addressed.

The History of QYHC

The Queensland Youth Housing Coalition (QYHC) was established in 1984. We have evolved since that time to become a significant voice for the issues impacting on marginalised young people, the focus has been on ending youth homelessness.

Housing is the bedrock from which young people can undertake social and economic opportunities.

QYHC is committed to improving the life opportunities and the wellbeing of young people who have been impacted by homelessness and the multitude of associated issues such as education, health, safety and social connection.

Who We Are

A state-wide coalition of organisations & individuals advocating for and with young people who are homeless or who have had an experience of homelessness and supporting the services that work with them. QYHC assists not for profit organisations and government departments to respond to the housing and homelessness needs of young Queenslanders.

QYHC is funded in-part by the Qld State Government for the housing and homelessness work undertaken and is heavily reliant on membership and community donations.

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How We Work

QYHC has an integrated approach to innovation and policy initiatives.

Youth Homelessness & Housing Framework

All young people need a safe and secure home.

That's Our Vision

Adam Barnes

Chair Person

Adam has worked alongside young people and those who support them in housing, homelessness and legal contexts. He is passionate about contributing to policies, programs and practice approaches that are responsive to the particular needs of young people, and that support young people’s transition to independence and housing stability.

Christine Hastwell


Christine’s work in the homelessness sector started with her Diploma of Youth Work studies and involvement as a Community Liaison Officer for the Big Issue Street Soccer program. Eight years on, Christine’s focus on responding to homelessness continues in her work at North West Youth Accommodation Service Inc. (NWYAS) and by graduating from a Diploma of Social Housing with a Scholarship from the Department of Housing and Public Works in 2012.

NWYAS has a long standing partnership with QYHC and this provided Christine the opportunity to join QYHC in 2016. Christine took this opportunity because of the value gained from participating in Youth Homelessness Matters Day events run by QYHC and her belief in the importance for children and young people having a safe home to grow.

Christine is the newly elected QYHC Treasurer for 2018. She continues to work with QYHC to bring issues of youth homelessness to the forefront of Queensland policy conversations. Christine believes it is important that young people, service providers and the community are involved in the discussions with Government to create responses to youth homelessness together.

Alice Thompson


Alice Thompson has been a member of QYHC for many years coinciding with a career working in the fields of youth homelessness, and housing and homelessness research and policy advocacy.

"I am passionate about supporting people who experience disadvantage as well as the agencies that support them."

Alice is currently the Executive Officer to the CEO at Tenants Queensland, a statewide tenant advice service.

Brett Johnson

Committee Member

Brett has worked in numerous roles spanning the community services (not-for-profit) sector, from residential youth services to large NGOs and peak bodies.

In recent years Brett has worked in various capacities as a representative for the local government sector, undertaking multiple projects across numerous social policy areas and holding project management roles.

Brett has a strong passion for social justice and aspires to work in developing a greater appreciation for community wellbeing programs and initiatives. Brett has been a member on several external steering committees and government working groups to inform and evaluate commonwealth and state-based reforms across community services and specific government-funded initiatives and programs.

Brett is currently the Manager for Digital Services with the Local Government Association of Queensland and serves as the Vice President and Director for Volunteering Queensland. He was previously the LGAQ’s Principal Advisor for Community Services and Strategy Development and was Co-chair of the Anti-Poverty Week Advisory Committee from 2012 - 2015.

He has been employed with the LGAQ for the past seven years to assist in supporting councils to deliver excellence in community services and more recently manage a large-scale digital transformation project for Queensland councils.
Brett has a bachelor’s degree in Communications, majoring in Public Relations and Journalism and Diploma level tertiary qualifications in Project Management and Community Services.

Megan Hall

Committee Member

Megan has worked in the Queensland youth sector for a little over a decade, in many roles including youth justice, homelessness & education.

Megan is currently the Executive Officer of the Youth Plus Foundation (Edmund Rice Education Australia) and operates from a rights-based framework, Megan holds a firm philosophy that young people have much to contribute to our society, and strives to ensure their voices are heard.

Megan has had a long association with the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition both through employment & service to the management committee since 2009.

Cate Ryan

Committee Member

Cate Ryan is the newest member of the QYHC board, joining in 2017. After attending the inaugural Platform 1225 Cate felt compelled to keep working towards better response and systems to address youth homelessness.

Cate has been a dedicated member of the Community Connections (CLA Inc.) team over the past 10 years, predominately focusing on early intervention to youth homelessness and early school leaving in both the Reconnect Program and Youth Support Coordinator Initiative. Before this, Cate worked for the Department of Housing and Public Works and Employment Services where she learnt about the function of government systems in people's lives.

She studied a BA in Social Science: Human Services and continues developing her practice with a Certificate in Narrative Therapy. Working alongside the broader CLA Inc organisation, Cate also understands what it takes to meaningful include and support young people with cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties in the community.

Cate is passionate about the value of service delivery programs having capacity to work directly with service users, as well as build capacity of communities and systems to understand, respond and reduce the impact of the many issues that underlie young people's early home leaving. She is the Chair of the Queensland Reconnect Regional Meeting and the Vice President of the Noonga Reconciliation Group Inc.

Platform 1225

Platform 1225 was established by QYHC with the inaugural event occurring during Youth Week in April 2017 as a part of Youth Homelessness Matters Day. Homelessness happens for young people aged 12-25. It must be spoken about to be addressed.

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We Need You

A Coalition is only as strong as its membership. The experience and knowledge of the members of QYHC is drawn from a cross-section of the community. By becoming a member you are bringing your expertise to the Coalition.

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