Hope Street CEO, Donna Bennett, with Jennifer Hansen

Jennifer Hansen, an acclaimed journalist, TV newsreader, blogger and radio announcer, has announced she has taken on an Ambassadorship with Hope Street.

Jen broke the news during National Homelessness Week to her More Music Breakfast Show listeners on smoothfm 91.5 Melbourne, saying she was shocked to learn that there are some 6000 homeless young people in her home town of Melbourne.

Donate a Welcome Home pack today

Hope Street will mark Homelessness Week by calling for Melburnians to provide Welcome Home packs for young people who are experiencing homelessness.

The packs contain essential self-care items, such as towels and toiletries, and are distributed to young people when they first enter a Hope Street program, such as crisis accommodation in Hope Street’s youth refuges. A pack costs $30 and donations are tax deductible.

Hope to Home Research Evaluation Report 2018 Launch

On Friday 17 August 2018, the official findings from research into the effectiveness of the Hope to Home (Melton and Whittlesea) pilot programs were released in a report launched at Victoria University, Footscray Park.

The launch featured:

  • Stories of Hope video in which two young people shared their experience of homelessness and the assistance they received from Hope Street, produced by Woodgrove Shopping Centre Melton
  • Donna Bennett, Hope Street CEO opening the launch and introducing key speakers
  • Dr Michelle Ball, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Victoria University, member of the Institute for Health and sport (iHeS) and Deputy Head of the Clinical and Community Health and Wellbeing Research Program
  • Dr Peter Gill and Dr Daniel Ooi, Victoria University researchers and members of the Institute for Health and sport (iHeS) presenting the report findings
  • Zara, one of the young participants in the Hope to Home in Whittlesea pilot program who, through a live interview with Hope Street Programs Manager (North East), Christine Fagan, recounted how the program helped her and her young family to find a safe place to call home and enabled her to continue her studies.
Parity July 2016 edition

Today's launch of The Role of Community Development in Responding to Homelessness edition of the Council to Homeless Persons' Parity magazine has highlighted how essential community support is for helping those at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Community development brings together members of the local community to enable members to identify and develop actions to address local needs.

Parity magazine edition launch

On 24 August 2016, the Honourable Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Equality and Minister for Creative Industries launched the Council to Homeless Persons' edition of Parity magazine titled The Role of Community Development in Responding to Homelessness.

Hope Street CEO, Donna Bennett, and Service Development Manager, Bruce Tucker, have contributed two articles on community development and homelessness in this edition.

My Hope Street Big Fat Fundraiser

Fantastic fundraiser helps to build better futures for young people!

The My Hope Street Big Fat Fundraiser was held on Friday 24 June 2016 at Hellenic Republic in Kew, and was proudly organised by the Hope Street Corporate Committee with special thanks to Upfront Events. Guests were treated to a banquet of sumptuous Greek food, delectable wines, live and silent auctions and great prizes. The entertainment consisted of bouzouki players, a keyboard musician and a renowned Melbourne comedian.

More houses for people

Hope Street is proud to be a part of the North and West Local Area Services Networks’ More houses for people, a year-long campaign kicking off during Homelessness Prevention Week.

Hope Street’s CEO, Donna Bennett, is the chair of the Northern Local Area Services Network and she MC'd the campaign launch on Thursday 06 August 2015 at the Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows.  The event included guest speakers, music, distribution of campaign postcards, selling of campaign t-shirts and a strong message that there are a number of doable strategies to solve homelessness experienced by over 22,000 Victorians each day - in particular, governments investing in affordable housing. 

Gold Stars performers

Homeless youth shine while sharing their experiences through music.

On 24 June 2015, Hope Street hosted the Gold Stars CD launch, BOOM! BOOM is a compilation of songs written, produced and sung by young people who, for various reasons, have done it tough.  The songs are largely about their stories, they speak truth about life, with a whole lot of funk! 

Christmas in July

The end of July brought the beginnings of new business contacts, knowledge about Hope Street — and early Christmas tidings!

On Thursday 30 July, a number of guests celebrated the festive season at a fabulous networking and fundraising morning presented by Q Networking Group in Kew. 

The Q Networking Group Christmas in July was a great success. A past Hope Street client, Connor, was the star of the show. Connor spoke to the Q Networking Group guests about his experience of Hope Street and how he was enabled to remain at school (he is currently completing Year 12) and finally find stable accommodation.

The Federal Member for Wills and Secretary of Trade, Kelvin Thomson launched the Hope Street BOOST Program Evaluation Final Report, July 2013, Dr K. Jones and Dr L. Costello AHURI to an attentive group of community service organisations, local government officials and staff, the North Division Hume Moreland Area Director and supporters, on Monday the 5th of August in Coburg North.  

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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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