YOUNG Tasmanians at risk of homelessness and those with a disability have been granted a new lease on life thanks to Colony 47’s Housing Connect program.
Struggling to meet the needs of his study routine at home, Jesse (last name withheld for privacy) is one young scholar who has taken full advantage of this program, which places individuals in supported and safe environments close to educational opportunities.
After reaching out to Colony 47 for help three-years-ago, Jesse has now successfully gone on to complete his Tasmanian Certificate of Education and begin to make his academic plans a reality.
“Colony 47 has helped me get my own space, a place where I could study and feel at home,” Jesse said.
“Having a peaceful and quiet environment was instrumental in allowing me to pursue my academic dreams.
“It was not possible to stay at home and without Colony 47’s help, I’m not sure what would’ve happened to me.”
Jesse has now successfully started his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Tasmania.
He has also recently moved into Trinity Hill, a youth housing and training facility in North Hobart managed by Anglicare and Community Housing Limited.
Colony 47 youth response and support worker Laura Blake said she was “very proud” of Jesse’s achievements and had no doubt he would go on to achieve great things.
“My role was mostly to assist Jesse with setting up and maintaining successful tenancy – I had regular contact with him to make sure everything was going well for him living in his own place,” she said.
“We would look at budgeting and organising direct debits for rent and Aurora and talk about life skills and other issues that could impact on his ability to maintain a successful tenancy.
“I am so pleased about all he has achieved so far and there is no reward like the success you get from hard work and dedication, which Jesse has in bucket loads.”
Caption: Colony 47 youth response and support worker Laura Blake, left, with Housing Connect participant Jesse (surname withheld) on the steps of Trinity Hill.