Become a HOMELESSNESS HERO and join our goal to build Tiny Homes on the Sunshine Coast for our young people who have experienced homelessness and are transitioning from crisis accommodation to independent living.
Just because you don’t see people sleeping rough in our streets doesn’t mean our local community is immune to the problem. Noosa-Sunshine Coast is a popular holiday destination, but a tough place to live for many young people to settle due to extreme housing costs, low average wages, social housing shortage and high rental competition. Add to this, COVID-19 impacts of business closures, unemployment and health concerns, 2020 has seen more local people and particularly young people experiencing homelessness.
Youturn Youth Support works across Southern Queensland, in core youth service areas: child safety, homelessness and mental health. Our humble beginnings started as a Youth Homelessness grass roots project over 30 years ago and five volunteers supported six young people. Today our organisation has grown to at team of 180 employees and last year we supported over 6000 young people.
Driven by the compassion and support of our community, Youturn’s vision this year is to build Tiny Homes with a big heart to support our young people as they “transition” from crisis accommodation to independent living.
Our aim is to raise $100 000 for our first Tiny Home which will be located in Tewantin, and we are in discussions with Noosa Council, who are looking into generously granting us additional land to establish more Tiny homes.
We commit that 100% of the funds raised will go directly to the Big Hearts for Tiny Homes which is a value-add to our government funded specialist homelessness services which is around social support, not infrastructure. We see the two go hand in hand.
“I needed to leave home last year and couch surfed for some time, before a school friend’s family took me in for 3 months. I was in year 11 at the time, and the school eventually referred me to Youturn’s Golden Beach Crisis Accommodation.
They helped me and gave me enough time to sort my life out. They have not rushed me, but rather guided and supported me. “This place is Bloody Amazing!”. I was really sad to have left my family – but if you don’t have a choice, then this is the kind of place you want to come!”