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Specialized crisis accommodation for young adolescents is a further step, with Housing Minister Michael Ferguson officially announcing the development of a facility for young people aged 12 to 15. The state government has announced Youth, Family and Community Connections as the preferred provider of Launceston’s new facility for at-risk youth, which will provide crisis accommodation in a “family environment”. The proposed development at an undisclosed location in the Launceston CBD will provide eight beds for at-risk youth in addition to a support worker. READ MORE: It’s time to celebrate 100 great years of life, love and laughter. Currently, children facing homelessness are housed with young people up to the age of 20, with Youth Network of Tasmania Executive Director Tania Hunt hosting a facility targeted for young adolescents. “We know in Tasmania that young people aged 13 and over can access shelters, but what we are seeing is that these shelter environments are not providing the level of support that young people need,” said Ms. Hunt. “And there is also the problem that it may not be an appropriate environment for a young person to be in a shelter with older members of the community.” YFCC Executive Director Ros Atkinson said she was excited about the opportunity to expand the service in Launceston and hoped to make a difference in the community. READ MORE: TAS Registration Temporarily Verifies “YFCC is an experienced provider, we have been providing and providing youth accommodation services on the Northwest Coast for over 40 years,” she said “We look forward to bringing this “Our main goal is to work with families and young people to keep these children at home if it is safe to do so,” she said. “And if not, to make sure that we are really helping these young people work towards their goals and aspirations, dreams and provide them with the support they need to move forward in life and have a safe place to live while they do it. ”Development is expected to be completed in September 2022. A development application has been filed with Launceston City Council and work will begin subject to approval. Our reporters work hard to provide local news e t up to date to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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