As a result of the St Luke’s Anglicare Board Provider Program launched earlier this year, two young homeless and displaced youth have found homes.By Jess Craig
Two families have opened their homes to young homeless and displaced youth as part of the St Luke’s Anglicare Board Provider Program.
The program, launched earlier this year, aims to place young people aged between 15 and 21 with people in the community who have a spare room or granny flat.
St Luke’s Anglicare youth worker Sheridan Clark said she while she was encouraged by the response, more spare rooms were still needed.
‘‘We’ve estimated there could be as many as 100 young people in the area who are at risk of becoming homeless or displaced,’’ she said.
‘‘Along with the participants who have signed on, we’ve had three further inquiries about what the program involves.’’
St Luke’s Anglicare works with young people and their carers to form a holistic case plan, encouraging the young person to stay in school, or seek employment or training options.
Carers receive appropriate remuneration during the duration of the young person’s stay.
Each carer must undergo police checks and an interview, as well as an informal training plan.
There is no obligation to continue with the program if it is unsuited.
Single men and families in the community are especially being targeted as potential spare room providers, as there are many young men who require assistance.
For information about the Board Provider Program, phone youth worker Sheridan Clark on 5482
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