North West Youth Accommodation Service Inc. (NWYAS) was established in 1985 as a local community response to the needs of homeless and at risk young people. The organisation formed as a response to local need which was brought to the attention of the community by Father Wally Dethlefs. A group of local residents that included a bank manager, engineer, student, quantity surveyor and minister of religion came together to form the Enoggera Boarding Group in 1985.
The organisation received its Certificate of Incorporation of an Association on the 17th January 1986 under the name North –West Boarding Inc. and facilitated the placement of homeless young people with approved community members for three month placements.
In 1997, NWYAS began to receive funding from the Queensland Government and continues to build strength on strength to maintain a quality community service. We still maintain a strong partnership with the Department of Housing and Public Works to deliver a real and effective response to homelessness across this community.
The organisation changed its name to North West Youth Accommodation Service Inc. in 1999 to better reflect the services it provides.
In 2016 we received recurrent funding to extend the services we provide through Mobile Support – supporting young people who have the capacity (with support) to obtain and maintain accommodation in the community through private rentals, student accommodation and share houses.
Each year we house dozens of young people, young parents and young couples as they transition out of the crisis and instability of homelessness into safe, sustainable and long-term housing. NWYAS helps hundreds more homeless young people through case-management, support, advocacy and referrals.
On any given night in Austraia 27,680 young people aged 12-24 years are homeless.
1 in 8 young people 12 to 24 are living in poverty in Australia.
There are 1,163 young people aged 12-24 who are homeless in Brisbane on any given day.
Our Annual Reports
These annual reports provide a statistical breakdown of who we deliver a service to and the resources we provide.