February 16, 2016

First Foyer fans future

The growing success and reputation of Foyer Oxford in Leederville has spurred momentum for Foundation Housing’s bigger picture: the establishment of support-centric foyers for young people (16-25 years) in need throughout regional WA.

General Manager Business Development Chris Smith said a number of key regional areas had already expressed interest in the foyer concept as a means to secure more sustainable solutions to the issues associated with social disadvantage among young people.

In the Peel region, a parcel of land has been identified for a 50-60-bed facility and discussions among key players will take place in the coming months. Parties in Broome and Albany have also signalled enthusiasm for the initiative.

Chris said location and support services were critical to the foyer concept. “Wherever we replicate this, it must be equally well located as Foyer Oxford – responsibly positioned in a central part of that region,” he said. “And that comfortable, self-contained accommodation must be accompanied by a network of support – people who can provide advice on financial counselling, social support, tutoring and mentoring.

“With Foyer Oxford, we have in 18 months developed an established, sound model from which we can apply the same practices with capacity to mobilise and transition an opportunity for disadvantaged young people who simply need a supported chance.”