Queensland Youth Housing Coalition

All young people need a safe and secure home - That's Our Vision

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.

Strategic Plan 2020-2024

Who We Are & How We Work

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 has an integrated approach to innovation and policy initiatives.

QYHC is funded by the Department of Housing and Public Works.

Megan Hall

Chairperson

Megan has worked with young people in various settings, including homeless, Youth Justice and Education for over a decade. Her passion for the work lies in her rights- based, social justice framework and strong belief that all young people have enormous potential as contributors to our world.

Megan has been employed with the Youth+ Foundation as the Executive Officer for the last 5 years and is focused on supporting quality and innovative responses for young people who have been disenfranchised from traditional education systems; often from diverse and complex backgrounds. Megan also works with the Australian Association for Flexible and Inclusive Education, a member based organisation supporting the professionals who provide a range of unique and diverse educational opportunities across Australia.

Megan has a long association with the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition, both through employment and service to the Management Committee since 2009.

Megan has a Social Science – Human Services degree (BSocSc), specialising in Young People and is currently completing her Master of Teaching (MTeach).

Fotina Hardy

Treasurer

My name is Fotina Hardy, I am first generation Australian born to Greek parents who emigrated to Australia in the 1950s. A recipient of the gift of ‘free education’ thanks to Gough Whitlam and the Australian Labor Party I was privileged to attend university and I chose social work. My experience includes working in the areas of children and families and child protection, domestic and family violence, mental health, older people, disability, and refugees and asylum seekers.

I have worked in policy, research, most recently in academia as a lecturer and coordinator of the field education for social work and human services students. I have also worked in the private business sector. I am on the Board of the Australian Association of Social Workers, a member of the Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) Committee, the AASW Qld Branch Social Policy Sub Committee and the National Workplace Mental Health Working Group for a national aged care provider. I am commitment to the principles of human rights and social justice and am incredibly thrilled to be part of this dynamic organisation.

Brett Johnson

Secretary

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.

QYHC MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Cate Ryan

Committee Member

Cate Ryan has contributed to efforts to reduce homelessness for over a decade. She is forever intrigued by people and the way communities are built.

Cate is passionate about the role service delivery programs have to act between direct work with young people experiencing homelessness and the structures and systems that make policy so improvements are made for all.

Allan Mitchell

Committee Member

Allan has been working in the Housing and Homelessness sector for 14 years. He has worked across the spectrum of Social Housing with the Queensland Department of Housing, Mangrove Housing and a range of positions within BABI Youth & Family Service’s Specialist Youth Homelessness Service.

Allan’s work with BABI Youth & Family Service has spanned over a decade and positions have included Volunteer Caretaker, Property and Tenancy Worker, Housing Case Worker and currently holds the position of Housing Program Manager. Allan completed a Certificate 4 in Social Housing in 2017.

Working within a Specialist Youth Homelessness Service for over a decade has fuelled Allan’s passion for delivering a strong response to the multitude of challenges faced by young homeless people and the sector that strives to support them.

Alvin Hava

Committee Member

Alvin Hava has worked predominantly in the areas of Primary Health, Education/Training and Social Welfare in both Government and Not-for-Profit roles for the past 25 years. He is currently the General Manager of Young People Ahead Youth and Community Services Inc. a community established NFP organisation based in Mount Isa (North West Queensland) which supports the State Government to deliver Youth Support Services, Crisis Accommodation and Victim Counselling and Support.

Alvin is heavily involved in supporting local/regional projects that empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, an Advocate on Youth Affairs and is passionate about holistic Community Development initiatives within a collective impact framework. He is also involved in many local/regional, state-wide, and national projects in the areas of health and social justice and values Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Safety in his practice, whilst firmly supporting highly marginalised and disadvantaged people and communities alike to be front and centre in local led decision-making.

Kirsten Firman

Committee Member

Kirsten Firman is the Manager of Youth and Family Services for South Burnett CTC.

Kirsten has been with CTC for 20 years and has worked with the management team to advocate for services within the South Burnett region. The organisation now encompasses over 25 contracts and services providing a continuum of care for members of our community.

As part of this suite of services, Kirsten manages the youth hostel, youth services, child safety residential care, domestic violence and family services. Kirsten has a passion for youth believing that each young person should have the opportunity to achieve to their potential. She believes and works towards providing support for young people who have been affected by trauma, family dysfunction or other environmental factors and who need the help to be able to meet their individual goals and be the best adult they can be.

To find out more please read our QYHC Prospectus and Youth Homelessness and Housing Framework (YHHF)

Platform 1225

Platform 1225 was established by QYHC with the inaugural event occurring during Youth Week in April 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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