Innovation Fund program

Young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Perth will receive extra support to find a job through the Australian Government’s Innovation Fund.

The Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis announced almost $100,000 in funding for Anglicare Western Australia’s Foyer Oxford – Interim Foyer project, which will help participants with accommodation, education opportunities and sustainable employment options.

“The Innovation Fund harnesses the energy, the passion and – as the name suggests – the innovation of Australians to come up with new ideas for how we can better support unemployed people to find work” Minister Ellis said.

“This new Perth based project will trial the internationally renowned ‘Foyer’ support service model to help young job seekers, aged 16 to 25, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”

“The ‘Foyer’ model delivers stable accommodation and other support to young homeless job seekers on the basis that they continue to participate in education, training or employment.”

“But a ‘Foyer’ is more than just bricks and mortar – it’s a holistic approach to supporting young people who are homeless until they are able to stand on their own.”

Participants will connect with employment services, health, drug and alcohol services, and positive parenting services for those with children, while living in a stable, secure environment. This is an important, but frequently difficult, first step along the path to finding a job.

Each project participant will develop an individual learning plan and receive case managed support to set and achieve goals in education, sustainable employment and independent living.

This project is one of 77 funded through the Australian Government’s $41 million Innovation Fund program that was designed to support innovative strategies to help disadvantaged job seekers find and retain employment.

The fund also contributes to the achievement of the Australian Government’s Social Inclusion Agenda.

More information on the Innovation Fund program.