April 2020 Parity

New Developments and Initiatives in the Response to Youth Homelessness – Hope Street’s contribution to Parity magazine April 2020

Dear Partners and Friends of Hope Street,

Hope Street is a co-sponsor of the April 2020 edition of Parity, a national magazine about homelessness that’s produced by Council to Homeless Persons. The April edition is entitled A Better Way Forward: New Developments and Initiatives in the Response to Youth Homelessness. This edition aims to highlight and foreground the changes in both the understanding of the dynamics of youth homelessness and the range of different policy and service responses and settings that have been developed and implemented to provide a better way forward in responding to youth homelessness.

The virtual launch for the magazine took place on Friday 15 May 2020 with Hope Street partners and friends, and other event attendees learning more about youth homelessness.

The event was MC’d by Jenny Smith, CEO from Council to Homeless Persons; Hope Street’s CEO, Donna Bennett, spoke at the event. There were also addresses from the CEOs of Melbourne City Mission, Kids Under Cover and the other co-sponsors of this edition of Parity. The edition also features several photographs taken for Hope Street by talented photographers Hilary Faye and Shannyn Higgins.

Hope Street has contributed several articles to the magazine which are available to download below:

Our contributing writers for this edition were Donna Bennett (Chief Executive Officer), Brendan Pearl (Homeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Initiative Practitioner), Shelley Karpathakis (Youth Reconciliation Counsellor), Jennifer McAughtrie (Operations Manager) and Olivia Myeza (Business Development and Partnerships Manager).

Hope Street acknowledges and values the opportunity to contribute to Parity, a publication that gives voice and provides a platform for homelessness services and people with lived experience of homelessness to share ideas, best practice and learnings. Everyone who attended the launch received an electronic copy of the magazine.

Yours sincerely,

Donna Bennett
Chief Executive Officer

Photo of Hope Street young person by Hilary Faye.

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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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