Sharehouse Youth Programs is a local not-for-profit, community based organisation in Townsville, North Queensland, that provides innovative programs for at-risk young people 16 to 25 years old.

Each year Sharehouse assists hundreds of young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to gain housing, stability, and independence. We recognise the individual circumstances of each young person and tailor our services and resources to their needs.

Sharehouse currently operates Immediate and Transitional Accommodation along with Mobile Outreach Support through funding from the Queensland Governments’ Department of Housing and Public Works.

For information about referring a young person or to seek help for yourself please contact us.

Our Beginnings

As a not-for-profit, non-government organisation, Sharehouse has been providing safe accommodation and support for at risk youth in Townsville since 1979. Originally set up by the Open Youth Project, Sharehouse started with a 5-bedroom house in Hermit Park as crisis care for homeless young people under 18 years of age. Since then Sharehouse has expanded and now operates from an office space on Ross River Road with 18 one and two-bedroom units and 1 three-bedroom house in Townsville.

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is focussed on “Empowering young people towards independence.” Our vision is to be “A dynamic community organisation that provides innovative youth programs and services which support young people to become independent and to inspire social change in the community.”

Our Values

At Sharehouse we believe every young person can create their own path in life if they are provided the right opportunity and support. As an organisation, we have strong core values and beliefs that guide the team through every in everything that we do.

Our values are

  • 1

    Individuality: We believe in the individuality and dignity of young people and their families by working with our client’s individual needs and requirements.

  • 2

    Independence & Empowerment: We foster the independence and empowerment of our young people and their families through motivation, education, and choice.

  • 3

    Growth: We appreciate the knowledge and expertise of our staff and management committee and offer opportunities for growth through professional development and training.

  • 4

    Cooperation: We believe in the building of strong cooperative partnerships within the wider community resulting in great outcomes for young people and their families.

  • 5

    Communication: We believe in the importance of communication amongst our teams, clients, management committee, other organisations, and the broader community.

  • 6

    Equity & Respect: We believe in equity and recognise that all people have the right to be treated fairly, respectfully, and justly. This belief underpins all our endeavours.