• Voice to Parliament Statement
      Hope Street Youth and Family Services proudly supports the First Nations Voice to Parliament and accepts the invitation offered through the Uluru Statement from the Heart, acknowledging that it was developed through consultation with First Nations...

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    JOB ALERT: New career opportunities at Hope Street
    Hope Street has a vision to live in a society where all young people and young families have a safe place to call home. If you would like to play a part in ending youth homelessness, join our teams of passionate people making a difference in the live...

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    Annual Celebration Event: From surviving to thriving - Thank you!
    Thank you to all who attended the Annual Celebration Event, including our AGM, today. We hope that you found it informative and enjoyable. Our Annual Report is now available for you to download and share with your networks: 2022 Annual Report 2022...

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    Joint letter on youth homelessness
    A coalition of more than 60 organisations, including Melton’s Hope Street Youth and Family Services, Council to Homeless Persons and Youth Affairs Council Victoria has thrown its support behind ending youth homelessness in Victoria. Australian Instit...

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    Minister Pearson and Mr Steve McGhie MP visit Melton refuge
    The Honourable Danny Pearson MP, Minister for Housing (as well as Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Regulatory Reform, and Minister for Government Services), and Steve McGhie MP Melton, Victorian Labor Member for the Melton District, visited the Firs...

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    Having a yarn at Kirrip
    On Monday 10 October 2022, the Hope Street team caught up with Executive Officer Peter Webster and the fabulous team at Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation for a yarn and to share the Kinya Lerrk Acknowledgment plaques that are being installed at all of Ho...

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    Help young people find a place to call home
    Today is World Homeless Day. The purpose is to draw attention to the needs of people who have the experience of being without a home and provide opportunities for the community to get involved. Hope Street Youth and Family Services provides individua...

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    Legal partner visits our Melton refuge
    On Thursday 06 October 2022, Hope Street’s CEO, Donna Bennett, was thrilled to host a visit from HWL Ebsworth Lawyers with Partner, Leighton Moon, and legal professionals, Jane Ku and Thomas Appleby, with a tour of our leading designed youth refuge i...

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  • Catchup with Izzy Huntington
    CEO, Donna Bennett, recently held a virtual catch up with Hope Street friend and one of our Ambassadors, Isabel (Izzy) Huntington (AFLW, Greater Western Sydney, Giants).  Izzy was delighted to get an update on the outcomes young people engaged with H...

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    Pamper Hampers: Self-care, wellbeing and skills development
    Due to a donation from a generous community corporate partner, young people engaged with Hope Street and calling our programs home are focusing on their wellbeing, learning self-care skills via engagement in tailored fun community activities. Over t...

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    Growth with Hope Street
    A priority at Hope Street Youth and Family Services is that young people using our services are given opportunities for both skills and personal development.  Tending a vegetable garden bed with others is an example of this, being a fun activity that...

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    Jobs in Melton for young people
    Hope Street Youth and Family Services love being part of the Melton community. We not only offer job opportunities to the community, we also engage and offer job ready skills to young people who then gain employment with local businesses.

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    Campaign for housing options for young Victorians
    This week for Homelessness Week 2022, LEGO homes were placed on Parliament House steps in Melbourne to campaign for the needs of Victorian young people who don't have a stable home.

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    Hope Street has joined the National Redress Scheme
    Hope Street has been declared a participating institution under the National Redress Scheme. The National Redress Scheme commenced on 1 July 2018 in response to recommendations by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abu...

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    A plan to end youth homelessness
    Homelessness Week runs from 01 to 07 August 2022 and is coordinated by Homelessness Australia with the aim of raising awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action need to achieve enduring solution. This year’s th...

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    New project to turn homeless youth to homemakers
    Hope Street have designed an innovative support response to youth homelessness solution that will offer not only a safe home but access to apprenticeships and job training, as well as access to mental health, alcohol and other drugs and wraparound co...

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Hope Street Young People

For Hope Street, 2018-2019 was a year for building hope, both literally and metaphorically. On Wednesday 20 November, we celebrated the achievements of Hope Street’s teams, young people and the partners and supporters behind our impact.

Swimming relay

The Hope Street First Response Youth Mobile Outreach Service, a youth homelessness service that operates in the Melton area, ran an Olympic Relay Medley on Thursday 7 November to raise awareness and support for local youth homelessness.

The event, called Help Us Help Them, took place at Melton Waves where service providers, government, businesses and organisations from the Melton community were invited to compete as a team in the fun Olympics, including three events:

Hootan Heydari, Wide Open Road Co-Founder

A much-loved Brunswick ethical roastery and café celebrated its 10-year anniversary in October by raising funds for young people who are experiencing homelessness.

Wide Open Road, situated at 274 Barkly Street, donated proceeds from all coffees sold between 18 and 20 October 2019 to Hope Street Youth and Family Services, a specialist youth homelessness service provider. Hope Street operates a youth refuge in Brunswick that provides supported crisis accommodation to young people and young families who are experiencing homelessness.

Hootan Heydari, Co-founder of Wide Open Road, said the team elected to mark their 10-year anniversary by giving back to the community. "Marking our 10-year anniversary by supporting our community’s most vulnerable people – young people who are homeless – feels fitting to us. Whilst we love coffee as a product, what actually keeps us going are the people and the communities that support and are supported by coffee," he said.

StreetSmart Australia grant - thank you

StreetSmart Australia is helping to provide a place for homeless and at risk young people to explore and develop their creative and life skills.

Hope Street is thrilled to be a recipient of one of StreetSmart Australia’s 2016 CafeSmart Community Small Grants.  Adjacent to Hope Street in Melton is a Community Centre which is currently used as an activity and learning space. The grant of $1,250 will enable Hope Street to rejuvenate the Centre into a more youth friendly and welcoming environment for artistic expression, workshops and life skills education.

NPAH Campaign to save future homelessness funding

Homelessness sector leaders are calling on the Federal Government to renew their commitment to homelessness funding beyond June 2017.

On 09 December, it was announced that the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness will be extended for 12 months, with some indexation.  This has been welcomed by over 200 community organisations and 40,000 individuals who lobbied Prime Minister Turnbull in support of homelessness and family violence services.
Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) CEO and Homelessness Australia Chairperson, Jenny Smith, says:
A 12-month extension for 180 critically important services means that 80,000 Australians experiencing crisis related to homelessness and family violence will be supported. That is good news and I welcome Minister Porter’s recommitment to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.

The highlight of our AGM will be a garden tour at our site in Melton (an initiative in partnership with Bunnings) and a performance by Hope Street clients in partnership with the Gold Stars.

We hope that you can join us in celebrating the achievements of young people, our teams and the community.


Would you like to know more about the types of programs and services available to support young people and young families who are homeless* or at risk of homelessness and residing in the North/Western Region of Metropolitan Melbourne?  If so please join us at Hope Street's AGM.

MicrophoneOn Friday 01 November 2013, Kevin Andrews MP delivered his first major speech on housing, at the National Housing Conference in Adelaide, since his appointment as the Minister for Social Services. 

It is with great pleasure that we announce the date and details of the Hope Street Youth and Family Services Incorporated 2011-2012 Annual General Meeting (AGM). 

To celebrate the third year of operation of our Hope Street Melton site, and in support of the local community, this year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at a venue in Melton, Victoria.

Hope to Home in Whittlesea

FEATURED PILOT PROGRAM: Hope to Home in Whittlesea

Many young people face obstacles when trying to secure stable accommodation due to no rental history, lack of affordable housing, and no employment to sustain rental leases.  The Hope to Home in Whittlesea pilot program will address these issues by:

  • Facilitating the transition of up to 30 young people (and their children) from the Hope Street in Whittlesea program or Whittlesea Housing into 1 and 2 bedroom units
  • Providing case management once they secure private rental of these units
  • Helping these young people maintain their tenancy, employment, education and training, and community connections
  • Engaging the support of community stakeholders including local businesses to address barriers contributing to youth homelessness

Please contact us if you would like to become a partner and support at risk young people and young families.

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