Queer youth counselling service Twenty10 will take a larger role in helping homeless young LGBTI people after receiving a boost in funding from the federal government.

Federal Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek announced the government would invest $200,000 in Twenty10’s youth homelessness prevention work over three years at Twenty10’s Newtown headquarters on Friday.

Twenty10 is partially funded by the Department of Families, Housing and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) as part of the Reconnect program, a government initiative aimed at reducing youth homelessness.

Plibersek said that Twenty10 was chosen to receive the funding because the organisation has a proven track record of helping LGBTI youth in the city.

“Since 2000, Reconnect has helped more than 67,000 young people work their way back from homelessness, including more than 5,700 in 2011–12 alone,” Plibersek said.

“We know that family breakdown can lead young people to move away from home and become homeless, and that’s why Reconnect services focus on helping families build stronger relationships and resolve conflict.”

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