A youth housing complex in Warrnambool has welcomed its 100th resident since its opening in 2013.
Luka Gilmore, 16, moved into The Foyer on Raglan Parade this week.
The youth accommodation residence, managed by Brophy Family and Youth Services, provides opportunities for young people aged 16 to 25 to develop skills necessary to build independence and stability.
Luka said he was already loving living independently and in a "safe environment".
"It's been really easy to adjust here," he said.
"Everyone is really nice and understanding of what you are going through. I'm looking forward to working towards goals that I wouldn't have been able to in previous environments."
Luka was the 100th resident to move into the complex which provides self-contained units for up to 18 people.
He celebrated with his fellow residents on Wednesday, including Tori Buchanan, 18, who has been at The Foyer for two years - the longest stint out of all the current residents.
She moved in when she was 16 and it was the first time she had lived independently.
"It was a bit nerve-wracking at the start but once I got in it was pretty easy and chill," she said.
"There wasn't a lot of pressure. There's a real community environment here and it's pretty good living with a variety of people who have gone through similar experiences."
The Foyer manager Jenny Hand said it was exciting to celebrate the 100th milestone.
"We've had really great results with our residents transitioning into the real world and achieving their goals in employment and education," she said.
"Residents can stay for up to two years but we usually see a readiness to move on to their own independent living at around the 12-to-14-month mark."
Ms Hand residents took part in activities aimed at "improving life skills so when they leave they will be able to fit into society and live independently".
"Over the years we've seen a lot of changes as we encourage residents to have an input into the way things are run," she said.
Prospective residents are required to apply through Brophy services and go through extensive referral and screening.
Those successful undertake a lease agreement and pay rent and a service charge.
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