Foyer Consortium Responsible for construction, building maintenance and tenancy management Support service provision and establishing intersector and mainstream service connection Building location, community integration, access to training and development of courses specific to client group
Proudly Supported By: Australian Government National Partnership Agreement on HomelessnessProject consultants: • GHD – Project Management • Chindarsi Architects and GHD Architecture • GHD – Building Services
Foyer Basics• Integrates high quality housing, with holistic supports and access to employment and training opportunities• Breaking the no home - Barking Foyer - East London no job - no home cycle 116 Apartments
Foyer history• Based on 1950s French model• More than 1000 Foyers worldwide• More than 130 in UK• Regarded as international best practice in helping young E15 Foyer - East London people get back on their 210 residents feet
Foyer Oxford• Largest purpose-built Foyer in Australia• Developed in consultation with Foyer experts• Onsite at the Central Institute of Technology Campus on Oxford St, Leederville• A world class location
Foyer Oxford Facilities• A Community Building NOT a single use hostel• Café and Retail space• Space for other service providers• Training rooms and common rooms for activities and education
The Foyer ‘Deal’• Foyer is an ‘approach’ not a building• Based on a ‘something for something’ contract: Commitment from young person matched with a Foyer Service Guarantee.
The Foyer ‘Deal’• Establishes formal agreements with other providers (eg mental health) for wrap around support• Creates an Aspirational Environment and Culture with high expectations.
Central Institute of Technology• Specific course ‘Jumpstart’ developed for Foyer Oxford residents• CIT already a key provider of literacy and numeracy programs• Some great success in innovative programs• Established links with other community services – e.g. David Wirrpanda Foundation
Interim Foyer• Opened Sept 2011• 14 young people in existing accommodation in Mt Lawley and Highgate (3 offsite)• Established until Foyer Oxford build complete
Replicates support model• 24/7 wrap around support• Case management, Activity provision, Overnight and Weekend supports• A positive community environment• Training through CIT
Trial and develop• Learn in small scale before opening in large scale• Work out what works and what doesn’t in assisting young people out of homelessness
Early Interim Foyer ResultsAs of June 2012• Total accom = 19• 79% engaged in EET of some kind• 63% ‘improved or maintained’ involvement in EET• 10 job placements• 5 June 2012 ‘point in time’ 11/14 (78%) yp in EET
Managing Scale –Aspirational Environment• Mix of clientelle.• Focus on community development, not just case management.• Very strong strengths based approach.• Fast, high quality maintenance• Focus on our side of the ‘Foyer Deal’
Scale Benefits• Economies of Scale – per bed ¼ the price of Crisis Accommodation• Program development and wrap around resourcing (it makes sense for service providers to commit to partnership)• Decreases opportunities for dependency• Opportunity for positive momentum
Where to from here?Now• ‘Interim’ Foyer begins (existing apartment block 14 young people) – learning and bed down model• Foyer Oxford build startsMid 2013• Foyer Oxford opens
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