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April 2018 Parity Launch

April 2018 Parity magazine launch

On Youth Homelessness Matters Day, Hope Street joined the Council to Homeless Persons and Melbourne City Mission to launch the April: Young People, Trauma and Homelessness edition of Parity.

Hope Street, one of the edition sponsors, has contributed a number of articles to this edition which examines trauma as a cause of youth homelessness, its impact on young people experiencing homelessness and how understanding trauma can assist those helping young people out of homelessness.

The following featured articles will be available for download from our website soon:

  • Supporting Young People at Hope Street - Opinion, Donna Bennett, CEO
  • Hope Street Wellbeing and Safety Plans, Christine Fagan, Programs Manager (North East)
  • The Case For Counsellors In Youth Refuges, Kat Perdriau, Youth Reconciliation Practitioner
  • It Doesn’t Have to be Therapy to be Therapeutic, Brendan Pearl, Homeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Practitioner
  • Hope Street’s Therapeutic Art and Crafts Program, Jude Steward, BOOST Specialist Practitioner

Leonie Scott, Acting Assistant Director of Programs and Performance Mental Health, Health and Wellbeing Division, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services formally launched the Parity edition, and Hope Street CEO, Donna Bennett, spoke at the event.

The launch also featured a panel of young people, moderated by Silvana Izzo from Melbourne City Mission, who talked about their experiences of the service system, and shared their insights into what they believe is needed to improve the responses for young people who have experienced trauma and homelessness, such as:

  • more client-centred support
  • establishing rapport with young people prior to discussing their traumatic experiences
  • ensuring that schools and community groups are provided with better information on what homelessness supports are available

Other speakers included:

  • Michelle Noon from the Blue Knot Foundation on the role and value of trauma informed care
  • Dr Mark Furlong, thinker in residence at the Bouverie Street Centre with a presentation on the different meanings and uses of the concept of trauma
  • Melbourne City Mission CEO, Vicki Sutton
  • Council to Homeless Persons CEO, Jenny Smith


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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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