Young person in troubled times.

Hope Street is a co-sponsor of the April 2022 edition of Parity, a national magazine about homelessness that is produced by Council to Homeless Persons, titled Homelessness and Young People: Support During Troubled Times.

"This is the first edition of Parity to focus explicitly on best practice in providing support to youth. However, the focus is also on best practice in the context of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people, homelessness and on service providers and provision," said Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons.

The launch for the magazine edition took place on Wednesday 18 May 2022 with Hope Street partners and friends, and other event attendees attending in person and online to learn more about youth homelessness.  Hope Street has contributed several articles to the magazine which are available to download below:

Young people from Hope Street joined other young people in a group discussion, sharing their lived experience of homelessness and how they were supported.

"I am so grateful that they were able to offer me a bed in a refuge, the staff here are very supportive and helpful and offer me good advice. They really care about you and want to help you." -- Hope Street young person

The wider community response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we are capable of making much greater, powerful and socially lasting change — let us apply this social vision, goodwill, drive and action to stemming and preventing youth homelessness and providing young people with a safe place to call home.

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.

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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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