OZ Harvest and StreetSmart’s Sleep Safe  

Community partnerships help young people and young families experiencing homelessness.  

Thank you, Oz Harvest, and StreetSmart for the on-going community partnership with Hope Street to provide essential items to young people and young families experiencing homelessness. Food and a safe place to sleep are essential for dignity and wellbeing.  

Hope Street is currently engaging with long term partner StreetSmart through its partnership with Sheridan which creates Sleep Kits for people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness. These kits have been delivered to different Hope Street youth housing programs as a practical way to support young people and young families.  Each kit contains a towel, fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcase and provides quality comfort to young people and young families as they are supported at Hope Street.  These Sleep Safe Kits give comfort, dignity, and practical support to vulnerable people in their time of crisis.   

In addition to the Sleep Kits, Oz Harvest through their initiatives for food wastage reduction deliver meals to Hope Street to keep the fridges and pantries full of the 7 young people and families in the supported youth housing Foyer-like program in Thomastown.   A welcome relief to young people who otherwise would not be eating three meals a day due to the cost of living.   

Oz Harvest has become a leading food rescue organisation on a mission to ‘Nourish our Country’ by stopping good food from going to waste and delivering it to charities that help feed people in need. Such successful programs ensure that food waste is reduced, whilst quality food is still able to be consumed in the local community. OZ Harvest make regular deliveries to Hope Street as part of their cause and the impact this has on young people being able to sustain their housing (rent) and independent living which means they are less likely to re-enter into rough sleeping due to cost of living forcing them out of tenancies.    

Thank you, Oz Harvest, and StreetSmart for your incredible mission and gift that goes a long way in enabling young people to sustain independent living!  

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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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