Monday November 13, 2017
Up to 47 young people leaving out-of-home care in the Nepean Blue Mountains FACS District who are at risk of becoming homeless will soon have access to new support services as part of the Premier’s Youth Initiative Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP announced today.
Platform Youth Services has been awarded the $2.2 million contract to support the delivery in Nepean Blue Mountains FACS District until June 2020.
The initiative, a project run by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), will provide young people leaving out-of-home care with support services including a personal advisor, education and employment mentoring and help finding long-term accommodation.
“Tackling youth homelessness is a key priority for the NSW Government. This initiative will contribute to meeting the Premier’s Priority target of increasing the number of young people moving from specialist homelessness services to long term accommodation,” Ms Goward said.
Young people will also receive support to grow their personal support networks and engage with further study and employment beyond the program.
“I am pleased to see further investment for young people leaving out-of-home-care in our area. I look forward to working alongside Platform Youth Services to help provide better outcomes for our vulnerable young people,” Tanya Davies said.
The Premier’s Youth Initiative is already well established in the Hunter region, and is currently being rolled out in other locations across NSW.