New, supported accommodation for children at risk in the North will be delivered by youth service provider, Youth, Family and Community Connections (YFCC).
The new service will support up to eight children aged 12-15 years old.
YFCC will work to help stabilise children in crisis and provide support to engage with education, develop living skills, facilitate community connections, and reunify families wherever possible.
A central Launceston property will be refurbished to provide eight residential single-bedroom units, common use and recreational areas for young residents, and on-site staff amenities.
The Department of Communities Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Action Plan 2 and the Youth at Risk Strategy, has prioritised care accommodation for unaccompanied children who are homeless.
YFCC is currently funded to deliver youth crisis accommodation and medium term supported accommodation to children and young people aged 13 – 20 years in Devonport and Burnie.
YFCC will establish and operate the new service a five-year period.
A development application has been lodged with Launceston City Council and works will commence shortly subject to approval.
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