• Margaret Tucker Hostel Morning Tea
    Margaret Tucker Hostel morning tea and tour of Melton for Reconciliation Week.   This week is Reconciliation Week 2024! Hope Street welcomed Worrell Blow, Manager from the Margaret Tucker Hostel for a Morning Tea and tour at the Melton First Resp...

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    OZ Harvest and StreetSmart’s Sleep Safe
    OZ Harvest and StreetSmart’s Sleep Safe   Community partnerships help young people and young families experiencing homelessness.   Thank you, Oz Harvest, and StreetSmart for the on-going community partnership with Hope Street to provide ess...

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    Hope Street welcomes budget announcements for homelessness as part of the Home Time campaign.
    Hope Street welcomes budget announcements for homelessness as part of the Home Time campaign. Win for children and young people in budget announcement! Hope Street Youth and Family Services welcomes the recent media release from Federal Minister ...

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    Donna Bennett gives speech at Property Industry Foundation event, ‘Steps for Homeless Youth.’
    Donna Bennett gives speech at Property Industry Foundation event, ‘Steps for Homeless Youth.’    On a brisk, early morning at the beautiful Albert Park, Donna Bennett, Chief Executive Officer and Katie Hooper, Business Development and Partner...

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    Lily D’Ambrosio MP revisits the City of Whittlesea First Response Youth Refuge build site.
    Lily D’Ambrosio MP local state member visits the City of Whittlesea First Response Youth Refuge build site again.   It’s been just over a year since Lily D’Ambrosio joined the special sod turning event in April 2023 followed by a Smoking C...

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    Youth Mayors visit Hope Street First Response Youth Service Refuge Construction site!
    City of Whittlesea Youth Mayors visit Hope Street First Response Youth Service Refuge Construction site!  Hope Street was delighted to welcome to the First Response Youth Service Refuge construction site, Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson who join...

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    Hope Street is recruiting!
    Hope Street is building… a team and a youth homelessness service in City of Whittlesea.      Hope Street is a leading youth homelessness organisation specialising in placed based youth focused responses and advocacy, now recruiting a new te...

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    Youth Homelessness Matters Day
    Youth Homelessness Matters Day   Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) is a national day that aims to raise awareness and public discussion about child and youth homelessness. It's a day to start conversations about sustainable and innovative so...

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  • Andrew Giles MP visits Hope Street
    Andrew Giles MP visits Hope Street   Hope Street Youth and Family Services was delighted to show local Federal MP Andrew Giles, the Member for Scullin, the build site for the First Response Youth Services Refuge in the City of Whittlesea this Apri...

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    Harmony Day 2024
    Highlights from the 'All Staff Day,' at the Melton Council Youth Centre celebrating 'Everyone Belongs,' on Harmony Day.     On 21 March 2024 Hope Street staff teams were invited to an all-staff day to listen to and provide feedback about their...

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    Statement on ABC article
    Hope Street has joined a coalition of nearly 100 organisations demanding the federal government do more for youth homelessness. With fresh figures revealing the extent of youth homelessness, the campaign, ‘Home Time,’ has called on the Commonwe...

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    Federal Government Extends Homelessness Funding
    We won! Led by Homelessness Australia’s campaign, the Federal Government will extend the 73 million funding to respond to the homelessness crisis. In solidarity with peak service providers and the Australian Services Union, an Open Letter to the ...

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    Hope Street and SleepSafe
    Hope Street is providing comfort for young people and their children.   Providing dignity and comfort for young people and their children who are striving to secure a safe place to call home with high quality and beautifully designed linen. Hope ...

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    Update on the Whittlesea Build Site
    The City of Whittlesea is forecast to grow by 10,9981 by 2041.   Update on the Whittlesea Build Site   Exciting news from the build site!  Over 100 young people aged 16-25 years will receive short term accommodation and support in the City of...

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    2023 Annual Report Brief
    Annual Report Brief:   The Hope Street Youth and Family Services Annual Report for 2023 is available and should be read by those passionate about advocating and raising awareness for the most vulnerable to homelessness in Australia, children, and ...

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    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 Nation...

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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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