[singlepic id=367 w=320 h=240 float=left] The Innisfail Youth Shelter would continue its important work helping local homeless young people after the Queensland Government guaranteed it funding of over $1.1 million for three years.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said Innisfail Youth and Family Care operated the shelter to support vulnerable young people.

“Young people experiencing homelessness in Innisfail and surrounding areas will continue to have access to a safe place to sleep and appropriate support services,” Mr Pitt said.

“Young people become isolated for many reasons – they may be in conflict with their families, or disengaged from education or their culture, or experiencing tough times through illness or abuse.

“It’s important they still have access to safe and secure supported accommodation.

“The Innisfail Youth Shelter helps them to develop emotional and life skills that address their particular circumstances.”

The shelter provides 24-hour, seven-days-a-week supervision and support for vulnerable young men and women between the ages of 12 and 21 years in Innisfail and the surrounding region.

The organisation provides support that focuses on transitioning them back to their families and the education system or into independent living.

“Services like these are critical for young people with more than 1,700 bed nights provided by the Innisfail Youth Shelter over the last 12 months,” Mr Pitt said.

“The funding of $369,720 per annum for three years supports two full-time jobs and assists hundreds of youths in Far North Queensland.”

For more information on how the Department of Communities is delivering innovative community services to support and strengthen individuals, families, or communities, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au