Southern Youth and Family Services

Reducing Youth Homelessness

Non-Government organisation
Nominated by Family and Community Services

Southern Youth and Family Services - Reducing Youth Homelessness recipientsSouthern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation that delivers a uniquely integrated model for homeless, at risk and disadvantaged young people in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, and Southern Tablelands areas. The model integrates mainstream and specialist government funded programs, with philanthropic and self-funded services (including a social enterprise). SYFS is the largest specialist youth social housing company in Australia and has a credible long history of development and growth. SYFS’ strong organisation culture, quality staff, and continuum of housing and support programs which enable young people to graduate to independence, has earned it an international reputation as a provider of excellence. SYFS’ success is evidenced by client outcomes/feedback, various awards, and a formal evaluation undertaken by the University of Wollongong in 2015.