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September 7, 2022

Quantum welcomes Latrobe City Council decision on Hazelwood House

Quantum Support Services has welcomed Latrobe City Council’s decision to sell Hazelwood House, Churchill to Quantum.

Quantum Chief Executive Natalie McDonald said Quantum was pleased to be moving forward with the sale of the facility.

“This is our next step in bringing a youth foyer to Gippsland,” Ms McDonald said.

“On any given night, up to 850 young people experience homelessness, unstable housing and rough sleeping in Inner Gippsland.

“A youth foyer can provide a safe, supportive, low-cost medium-term accommodation for young people aged 16-24 years who are experiencing homelessness. They have been shown to improve long-term employment, educational and quality of life outcomes for residents. A youth foyer moves away from a traditional crisis-focused approach and instead aims to create thriving livelihoods for the rest of a young person’s life.

“Our young people will be supported to learn independent living and life skills, including personal health and wellbeing management, financial literacy and independent living skills.”

Ms McDonald said Quantum would now focus on finalising project planning and looked forward to engaging with the community on bringing this innovative solution to Gippsland.

For more information on the support services available through Quantum Support Services visit www.quantum.org.au or phone 1800 243 455.