The Youth2Independence Program (Y2I) is a government initiative under Action Plan 2 of Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Strategy Action Plan 2, action 13.4.

Y2I is based on the international Education First Youth Foyer program which supports young people to develop and succeed in education and employment pathways.

Y2I recognises the essential element of the model – the goal of supporting young people so they transition to independent young adults.

It recognises that each person has opportunities and resources that can be developed, has the right to make their own decisions and should be supported to work through the things that have limited them, all so they can enjoy a good life.

What is Y2I?

Y2I provides accommodation and support for young people to become independent by participating in education and training.

Rent is 25 per cent of the young person’s income.

A young person accepted into Y2I will be aged 16-24 years who is experiencing or at risk of homelessness and willing to participate in education and training. This could be:

  • high school of college
  • training with or without a certificate
  • apprenticeship, traineeship or employment.

To be eligible, a young person also agrees to ‘The Deal’.

‘The Deal' is an agreement between the young person and Y2I including completion of a Certificate 1 in Developing Independence (DI).

The DI recognises the unique skills and talents of each young person and supports their participation in six areas to achieve independence.

In return, the young person enjoys safe, secure, supported and affordable accommodation.

The six areas of independence are:

  1. education
  2. employment
  3. health and wellbeing
  4. housing and living skills
  5. community participation and
  6. social connections.

Building Y2I

Communities Tas is committed to working closely with young people, key stakeholders, end user groups in the design and delivery of Y2I.

In 2019, staff, senior management and residents of youth facilities were consulted to gather their perspectives and ideas to inform the design of the new facilities and services for young people.

The findings of this consultation process are outlined in the Consultation Report - New Youth Supported Accommodation Projects - February 2020.

Where are the Y2I facilities?

There are three Y2I facilities statewide managed by Anglicare Tasmania:

  • Thyne House in Launceston
  • Eveline House in Devonport
  • Trinity Hill in Hobart.

A 25-bed Y2I facility will be built in Burnie, a second facility with 26-beds will be built in Hobart and the capacity of Thyne House will be expanded by a further 20-beds.

Information for housing and homelessness services

Y2I Supported Accommodation Policy