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    The Open Doors Reconnect Program is for LGBT young people aged 12 to 18 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and their families.

    Opening Doors, The Queensland Government’s Strategy for Reducing Homelessness 2011-14 was recently released and this document identifies Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people as a group that experience a higher rate of homelessness.  LGBT young people specifically have also been identified as being at a higher risk of homelessness.

    We aim to support young people stabilise their accommodation and improve their connection with:

    • Their family
    • Community
    • Education
    • Employment
    • Training

    We do this by:

    • Case Management
    • Individual support
    • Counselling and mediation
    • Advocating
    • Supporting young people to access Centerlink
    • Referring young people to other complimentary services (such as drug and alchol counselling, mental health, etc.)
    • Brokerage

    Accessing the Reconnect Program

    Any service provider can refer a young person or family who they think would benenfit from the Reconnect Program.  Parents can also directly refer their young person and their family for support, and young people can also refer themselves to the program

    • Phone – contact (07) 3257 7660 and ask to speak to Rocky, Sal or Chris
    • Email – email opendoors@opendoors.net.au
    • Drop-In Young people can access the Reconnect program by simply turning up during our drop-in group and asking to speak to a worker
    • Appointments – If our drop-in times do not suit you, we can arrange an appointment time for you to come and talk to us

    The Reconnect Program is funded by Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) for more information about the program and other Reconnect services please visit the FaHCSIA Reconnect website.

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