Disadvantaged and homeless young people in Western Australia will soon have more places to call home thanks to a $700,000 grant from Lotterywest.
Government Enterprises Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today presented the grant to Professor Michael Quinlan, chairman of the St John of God Foundation, for the Horizon House project.
The project, formally known as the Lighthouse project, has been supported by Lotterywest since 1999.
The program provides long-term accommodation, intensive support and care for young people aged 16-22 years who would otherwise be homeless.
The Horizon House project is a community service that aims to provide life skills, education, case management, socialisation and support to homeless young people in a family-like environment.
The Lotterywest grant will fund building alterations and the purchase of household furniture and equipment for seven new houses across the State. Each house will provide supported accommodation for seven young people and a full-time rostered live-in carer.
Ms Ravlich said that Horizon House was proving a vital and important service for at-risk youth and the St John of God Foundation should be congratulated for displaying a commitment to those who were disadvantaged.
“Lotterywest support will ensure that young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness receive supported accommodation and begin a life of independence,” she said.
The houses are to be built by the Department of Housing and Works in Mawson, Broome, Albany, Fairbridge Village and Rockingham/Kwinana, and are expected to be completed by 2008-09.
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