Housing and communities

Access to affordable housing is fast becoming a critical issue for many Australians, and especially those living on low incomes. Housing that is affordable, safe, of good quality and with reasonable tenure is essential to support social and economic participation. 

Like housing, the places and communities where people live also influence their wellbeing and sense of belonging. Some communities are more disadvantaged than others, and differing access to resources and opportunities can fundamentally shape residents’ life chances.

We’re developing our work on affordable housing and communities, looking to understand and propose ways to address the impact of housing and community resources on people’s wellbeing at different stages of the life course. One of our major projects is the Education First Youth Foyer Evaluation.

Education First Youth Foyers Evaluation

We are conducting a longitudinal study of the Victorian Education First Youth Foyers, an innovative supported student accommodation program for young people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. The EFYF model has been developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Hanover Welfare Services (now Launch Housing), with funding from the Victorian Government.

Our comprehensive evaluation is assessing the EFYF model’s fit for purpose, value for money and effectiveness.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

Find out more about the work of the Brotherhood
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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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