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$750,000 for Brisbane's homeless youth

Commitment from Lord Mayor's Community Trust creates centre to support at-risk young people.

Thursday March 15, 2012


A new Red Cross support and service centre for homeless young people in Brisbane has received a $750,000 commitment from the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Community Trust.

Executive Director for Red Cross in Queensland, Kevin Keeffe says "We know between 100 and 200 young people sleep rough in inner Brisbane each night."

"Thanks to this fantastic commitment from the Lord Mayor's Community Trust, Red Cross will create pathways out of the cycle of homelessness for hundreds of young people.

"We want to ensure at-risk young people receive all the support they need to get back on track and achieve their life goals.

"The Centre will focus on building life skills and provide access to accommodation for an estimated 160 young people each year.

"The aim is to provide long term pathways out of homelessness by providing support, training, housing and jobs.

"The Centre will also set up a rental subsidy program that will help 24 young people move off the streets and into their own accommodation.

"The Lord Mayor's Community Trust has been a tremendous supporter of young at risk people in Brisbane and we are delighted to receive this generous assistance" says Mr Keeffe.

"Nothing is more rewarding that seeing young people who have had their share of challenges move on to succeed in life."

"This commitment will allow us to re-double our efforts to eliminate youth homelessness in Brisbane."

Red Cross is currently finalising the inner-city location of the Centre which will open in May or June.