There is a chronic shortage of social housing in Australian capital cities and many regional towns. There is a growing appreciation of the impacts that this will have on our community, including the mainstreaming of homelessness and the many downstream social implications of a lack of stable housing. A number of organisations are seeking to fund models that specifically meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community, including young Aboriginal people.
Stepping Stone – Indigenising the Foyer Model of Transitional Housing explores how the Foyer housing model, which integrates case management, support and housing provision in return for a commitment to education or training, could be re-imagined to better suit the needs of young Aboriginal people. The research aims to amplify the voices of young Aboriginal people with lived experience of crisis accommodation and / or Foyer accommodation through a co-design process, as they describe the changes that would help them on their journey through young adulthood.
This research aims to share the reflections and opinions of the young people that we consulted and provide some preliminary information to people involved in the design and operation of Foyers or Foyer-like housing to increase cultural safety for young Indigenous people.
Associate Professor Peter Raisbeck, University of Melbourne