• Community centre for homeless youth revitalised thanks to Harness Racing Victoria / Tabcorp Park grant

    A Melton community centre providing a safe refuge for homeless youth has been revitalised thanks to a grant from Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) / Tabcorp Park. The $5000 grant was used to purchase youth-friendly furniture and equipment for the youth community centre at the Melton site of Hope Street Youth and Family Services.

    Items purchased with the grant included brightly coloured beanbags, chairs and tables, an overhead projector and screen, canvas paintings for the walls, a microphone and speaker, a children’s slide, play mats and table/chair set, educational posters and child play supplies such as colouring pencils, books and puzzles. The community centre is utilised by young people and young families who are being accommodated at Hope Street in Melton due to experiencing homelessness, as well as other community groups providing services to vulnerable community members. The centre is also being used by young people from the local area as a safe space for them to conduct their homework.

  • Quilters' hands reach out to homeless youth

    Hope Street CEO, Donna Bennett reflects upon her day spent at a quilting exhibition where a special group of women generously donated the proceeds of their quilt raffle to support young people and young families experiencing homelessness in Melton.

    Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love.

    -- Anonymous

    Most people will remember the extremely windy day in Melbourne on Sunday the 9th of October. I certainly do as I was on the road to the Willows Quilting Group Biennial Quilting Exhibition held at the St Catherine’s School Hall in Melton West.

  • Crisis Centre hits a wall

    Hope Street's plans for a 24/7 mobile outreach service in Melton are at a standstill after the Victorian Government revealed that it would not be committing funding to the youth homelessness initiative.

    The City of Melton is continuing to experience extensive population growth and is likely to do so for the next two decades. This growth is accompanied by an increase in young people finding themselves homeless due to family breakdown, lack of affordable housing, and family violence. There is a real lack of crisis accommodation for young people living in outer areas such as Melton. The nearest emergency facility is over 25kms away. In the absence of emergency support, young people seek refuge elsewhere and as a consequence often disconnect from their other support systems like school, employment and extended family.

  • 24 Nov 2015: Annual General Meeting

    Hope Street invites you to our AGM.  The guest speaker will be Associate Professor David Mackenzie.

    Please join us in celebrating the achievements of young people, our teams and the community.

    When: Tuesday 24 November 2015; 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    Where: Hope Street Community Hall
    215-217 Coburns Road
    Melton West VIC 3337
    RSVP: By Friday 20 November 2015 - please email Fiona Rigney at
  • Holding on to home

    The Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) has joined the call for the Victorian Government to fund the building of a new youth emergency accommodation facility in Melton. Meanwhile, the Director of a real estate agency is helping homeless youth find and rent a place of their own.

    In today's Melton Leader news story by Andrew Rogers, CHP CEO Jenny Smith indicates that due to there being no facility in Melton, youth experiencing homelessness must go outside their local area. 

  • Making homelessness your business

    Hope Street's Service Development Manager, Mandy Baxter, says that local businesses have been inspired to get involved and support our plan for a new emergency accommodation facility for homeless youth in Melton.

    Woodgrove Shopping Centre's Tree of Hope and Melton Leader's Centre of Hope campaign is continuing to raise awareness of local youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

    As the numbers of butterflies of hope on the tree grow in Melton, the call has gone out to local businesses and philanthropic organisations to join the community in supporting homeless youth and their families. Mandy has observed how a local need has attracted a local response:

  • 29 Oct 2013: Workshop - Youth private rental information


    • Hope Street Youth & Family Services - BOOST Program
    • North East Housing Service – IAP
    • Vincentcare – Private Rental Brokerage Program
  • 18 Oct 2013: What's new on the website?

    We have added the following downloadable items to our website:

    • A new Guides and Information Sheets section to the Miscellaneous publications page.  These documents are particularly useful for those working in the field with young people from diverse cultural backgrounds
    • A variety of reports to our Papers publications page such as the following:
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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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