Ahmed: Staying engaged
Ahmed* came to Hope Street after being referred to the local Homelessness Access Point by his year level school coordinator. Ahmed had been living in and out of the family home for the past six months or so and had been in co...

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Asmina: Seeing a hopeful future
Asmina*, born in 1993 in what is today Southern Sudan, fled to a refugee camp in Egypt with her parents when the civil war started. In 2000 Asmina and her mum arrived in Adelaide as refugees. Asmina moved to Melbourne in 201...

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Catherine: A life-changing decision
Catherine came into the Hope Street in Whittlesea program aged 18 and pregnant. She had been couch surfing with family and friends for a year as she was unable to live at her immediate family home due to ongoing conflict over...

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Harmony: Finding home
Harmony* was a young mother with an 18-month-old son and she had been experiencing homelessness for up to three months. During this time Harmony had been moving back and forth between friends and couchsurfing. Harmony was res...

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Jacey: A healthy future
Jacey, 17 years old, was living with her mother and sister in the northern suburbs. Her father was deceased and Jacey had long-term relationship difficulties with her mother, including severe physical and mental abuse. Her mo...

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Jack: A Journey
Jack* (21 yo) moved from his family home in Sydney to his sister’s house in Melbourne. He moved due to the violence he experienced from his father in which he calls ‘a cultural thing’. Jack became fearful of his father and co...

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Jackie: Connecting up young people
Jackie* (19 yo) presented at VincentCare stating that she was living with her parents in a very overcrowded house and she needs to find something else. Jackie has a 6 month old son and they are currently living in the lounge ...

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Jake: Getting help
Jake* (24 yo) was accommodated at the Hope Street refuge for a very short period of time but was asked to leave due to an altercation with another resident. Jake had no supports and was accommodated in a Coburg motor inn. Jak...

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James & Jim: When family and friends break down
James (20 yo) and Jim* (17 yo) were friends that were living with family friends and were unsure of the tenure of where they were staying.James left his family home due to a relationship breakdown with his father. He then mov...

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Jane & Joe: A place to call home
Jane (19 yo) and Joe* (22 yo) are a young couple with an 18 month old daughter. They have been experiencing homelessness for about 6 months. They were subletting a private rental property with Joe's brother however they could...

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Jason: Portrait of a young man
Jason is 17 years old and has been homeless on and off since the age of 13. He would often stay on the street in squats and with friends. Jason's mother has been a chronic alcoholic for as long as he can remember and his bio...

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Jenny: A tale of two mums
Jenny* (21 yo) was referred to BOOST as she was sleeping rough and was 7 months pregnant. Jenny was asked to leave her family home due to her mother finding out she was pregnant and did not approve due to the family's strong ...

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Jesse: Free to be myself
Jesse (name changed to protect his identity) is 21 years old and has been living in a Hope Street residential unit for the past three years, after becoming homeless at the age of 16 when his family kicked him out. "I failed y...

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Jill: Going home
Jill* (22 yo) presented at Homeground stating that she was homeless. She had moved to Victoria a few weeks prior from Sydney. Jill then lived with a friend in Geelong in her crisis property. Jill was asked to leave as it was ...

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John: supporting families in crisis
John* (22 yo) presented at North East Housing Service (NEHS) with his parents as they were unable to live with him. John has been violent towards his parents and a regular ice and other drugs user. This contributes to his moo...

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Johnny: Fighting fit for the future
Johnny had just turned 16 when he entered the Hope Street in Melton program. Up until this point he had been couch surfing at many different places for a few months. Regardless of his situation and of being transient during t...

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Mandy: Lifting the weight from her shoulders
After 21-year-old Mandy and her toddler son Jack became homeless they were accepted as clients of the Hope Street Crisis Accommodation Program, a part of the Youth Residential and Outreach Program, and they moved into the Hop...

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Mohammed: CALD* and homeless
*CALD - Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Mohammed, a 17-year-old Somalian young person arrived at Hope Street in 2011. Mohammed along with his siblings, had fled war-torn Somalia, moving to Egypt and then to a refugee c...

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Muna: Feeling settled and supported
Before arriving at Hope Street, Muna would have to get up early every day to pack up her bed which was on the floor, so her aunt could use her bedroom as a family day care centre. She fought a lot with her aunt as she was mad...

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Paul: Making connections to his community
Left in the care of a foster family with three other children, Paul along with his biological sister struggled with homelessness from the young age of 12. Against the odds, Paul completed year 11, however becoming increasingl...

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Sam: Building an independent life
Orphaned and with limited English, Sam came to Australia on an orphan visa from east Africa in his early teens. Arriving with his older brother the boys were initially accommodated by an aunt, but the arrangement soon broke d...

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Sian: Bright hopes for the future
Sian* is a mother of three from the Melton area who has overcome adversity and created a positive new future for herself and her young family with the support of Hope Street Youth and Family Services.Ever wondered what it wou...

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Stephen: Stable skills for life
A year ago, the relationship between 17-year-old Stephen and his aunt and uncle began to deteriorate and the family asked Stephen to leave. Stephen held a lot of anger towards them, as he felt they treated him differently fro...

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