Youth Housing and Reintegration Services

Youth Housing and Reintegration Services (YHARS) help young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They provide support, financial help, and access to different accommodation options.

YHARS is made up of 2 services:

  • YHARS Support: provided in 6 locations (Hervey Bay/Maryborough, Ellen Grove (Brisbane), Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townsville)
  • After Care Service: available statewide.

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How YHARS can help you

If you’re eligible, a caseworker can help you work out what services and support you need to sort out your housing situation and related needs. Under YHARS Support this might include helping you to:

  • apply for and access accommodation
  • make contact with your family or carers (if that’s appropriate)
  • find education, training and job opportunities
  • develop skills and knowledge to help you stay in a place and to live by yourself
  • link with support, specialist services and longer-term accommodation services
  • access financial help to pay for goods or services that are related to the above.

If eligible, YHARS After Care provides individualised financial support through brokerage funds to help young people meet their case management goals when transitioning from a child protection order.  Brokerage can be used for, but is not limited to:

  • payment of utility bills or rent arrears
  • contribution to bond and or rental agreement
  • purchase of material aid such as white goods, furnishings, medication and hygiene consumables
  • payment for essential documents
  • purchase of specialist services
  • enrolment of course fees at an educational or training institute
  • payment for the cost of employment related licences.


YHARS Support

Young people aged 12 to 21 who:

  • have exited or are exiting from care after being subject to a child protection order, or
  • are transitioning to the community following a period of sentence or remand in a Youth Detention Centre, and/or
  • have been 'sleeping rough' or living in unstable, temporary or inadequate housing.

YHARS accommodation

Young people aged 15 to 21 who:

  • have been assessed as suitable and capable of semi-independent living
  • are eligible for or in receipt of an independent income
  • are eligible for social housing assistance
  • are in the process of applying for / have an approved application on the Housing Register.

After Care Service

Young people aged 17 to 21 who:

  • are leaving, or have recently left the care of, Child Safety Services, and
  • are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


You can refer yourself by contacting one of the YHARS service providers from the list below.

You can also get a referral from Child Safety Services, Youth Justice Services, youth detention centres, a youth service organisation or other non-government organisation.

If you require the After Care Service but do not live close to one of the service areas listed below, contact your closest YHARS service provider and they will connect you with a local support provider who will assist you to access After Care support if you are eligible.

Service providers

Hervey Bay/Maryborough
Australian Red Cross Society
Address: 53 Main St, Pialba Qld 4655
Phone: (07) 3333 8711

Brisbane (Ellen Grove)
Wesley Mission Queensland
Address: Elorac Place Community Centre, 11A Southampton Road, Ellen Grove Qld 4078
Phone: (07) 3151 6666

Mount Isa
Queensland Youth Services Inc.
Address: 71 Barkly Highway, Miles End Qld 4825
Phone: (07) 4410 9370 (contact Townsville for After Care Service 07 4723 4213)

Capricornia Training Company
Address: 38 Armstrong Street, Rockhampton Qld 4700
Phone: (07) 4922 2008

Australian Red Cross Society
Address: 371 Taylor Street, Toowoomba Qld 4350
Phone: (07) 3333 8733

Queensland Youth Services Inc.
Address: 16 Somer Street, Hyde Park Qld 4812
Phone: (07) 4723 4213

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