2018 Art Competition

Hope Street, in partnership with Kirrip House, recently ran a competition to find a piece of artwork that will welcome young people into the Hope Street Community Hall in Melton.

The competition was an opportunity for young artists of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage who were 13 to 25 years old and living in the Melton local government area, to showcase their incredible artwork during NAIDOC Week (08 - 15 July).

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition - the decision was difficult as the standard of artwork was very high.

And the winners are...

The following three artists were awarded prizes at the Melton NAIDOC Flag Raising held at the Melton Community Hall on 11 July, in partnership with City of Melton officials and Hope Street (for a closer look at the winners' art pieces, see our Photo Album):

NAIDOC Melton 2018, congratulations to all the winners in the art competition, all 3 were young ladies from Kirrip.

Posted by Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation on Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Hope Street acknowledges the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation (Youth Grants) contribution to this project.

National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 03 June)

Having just commemorated the 20th anniversary of National Sorry Day on 26 May, National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for us to reflect, respect and heal the Stolen Generations and their families, and to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Young people identifying as having Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage continue to be over represented within the homelessness sector. Hope Street works closely with our young people who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and our Hope Street in Melton program has forged strong community links with local partners such as the Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make up 20% of the homeless population nationally but only 3% of the overall population – making them 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than non-Indigenous Australians.

To mark National Reconciliation Week 2018, current and former AFL stars, Jarman Impey and Glenn Manton, met with CHP to share their thoughts on reconciliation and its connection to belonging and identity.

-- Council to Homeless Persons, 31 May 2018 CHP eNews

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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
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