South Australia’s first foyer, Foyer Port Adelaide, provides independent accommodation for 23 young people who want to re-engage with education, or seek training or employment.
Located in the heart of Port Adelaide, Foyer Port Adelaide is a joint partnership between the Department of Human Services and St John’s Youth Services. It aims to provide young people with support and mentoring to develop independent living skills, maintain employment, training and or education and to engage positively with local communities.
Individual case plans
Residents of Foyer Port Adelaide initially sign a 12 month lease with SA Housing Authority, with support services based on the Foyer model. With the support of a Case Manager, every young person living at Foyer Port Adelaide constructs their own set of goals, and a team of Case Workers continue to help them achieve these goals.
Case plans focus on employment, training or education and other areas of a young person’s life where they would like help, such as accommodation, independent living skills, health and wellbeing, cultural identity, and positive community connections.
Life skills and community are encouraged
Young people are provided with the opportunity to participate in a range of activities aimed at team work and leadership skills. There are no fixed time frames, rather young people are transitioned out of the program and into other housing when they identify as being ready to do so.
Applying to Foyer Port Adelaide
The first step is to check whether Foyer Port Adelaide is right for you.
To be eligible for accommodation at the Foyer you will:
- Be aged between 16 and 21 and experiencing homelessness, or be at risk of homelessness
- Be engaged in education, employment and/or training or actively working towards this
- Have a regular income (this can include a Centrelink independent allowance)
- Have the capacity to live independently
- Have the capacity to participate in programs offered and be committed to doing so
- Sign an agreement (the ‘Deal’) demonstrating your commitment to participating in the Foyer community and ensuring this agreement continues to be actively reviewed and implemented.