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Harnessing funds for homeless youth

Charity Night Cheque Presentation

Hope Street is once again proud to be one of the recipients of the proceeds of the annual Community Charity Race Night organised by the Rotary Clubs of Melton and Melton Valley.

The harness racing fundraising event held in October last year raised $4,188 for Hope Street. In his speech at the Cheque Presentation evening on Tuesday 11 April 2017, Jeremie Mbog Nyetam, Program Coordinator of the Hope Street In Melton and Hope Street In Whittlesea programs, announced that this generous donation will go towards the Hope Street First Response Youth Service in Melton. This is a purpose-built crisis accommodation centre that will provide emergency accommodation and specialist support services to approximately 100 young people/families a year in the City of Melton.

Melton has 300 young people who experience homelessness each year and the nearest youth refuge they can access is 27 kilometres from their local community. This means that young people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness - including young parents with accompanying children - must leave the Melton local government area if they require supported crisis accommodation. The donation from this charity event will help build a facility that will enable young people to remain in the City of Melton so they can maintain school, family contact, and support links while having a safe place to live in and support with counselling, health and wellbeing programs, and development opportunities.

Hope Street would like to acknowledge the following for their wonderful support of homeless and at risk young people and young families in Melton:

Special thanks go to the members of the Rotary Clubs of Melton and Melton Valley who have contributed a tremendous amount of time and effort to raise funds for their local community.

Hope Street appreciates that a considerable amount of thought, planning, organising, and contacting people has been done by many caring individuals and organisations to make this Community Charity Race Night such a success. The outcome of their hard work will have a major positive effect on the lives of young people/families who currently become disconnected from their local Melton community when seeking crisis accommodation.

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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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