Parity magazine - April 2015 issue

Jenny Smith, CEO of the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP), says there is little argument about the importance of preventing youth homelessness. However, many have paused when confronting the challenge of accurately identifying those young people who are most likely to be at risk of becoming homeless. 

Hope Street recently co-sponsored and contributed a number of articles and images to CHP's national magazine, Parity, in its April 2015 Too Much Too Young: Responding to Young People at Risk of Homelessness issue:


Donna Bennett, CEO, Hope Street Youth and Family Services

I am concerned that current models of housing are creating barriers perpetuating young people’s homelessness. ...Young people who are homeless, in crisis and in the homelessness crisis accommodation system face waiting periods for up to and in excess of 15 years in some areas.

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Stabilising More than Blood Sugar: Effective use of Sector Partnerships and Collaboration

Dale Hardy, Operations Manager, Hope Street Youth and Family Services and Cath Flanagan,
Community Nurse, Royal District Nursing Service, Homeless Persons Program

With physical and mental health issues having a pervasive detrimental influence on many aspects of a young person’s existence, it is imperative that the homeless service system engages all young people in conversations about their health and wellbeing needs. 

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Illustrations by Hope Street's young persons

The artistic talents of several young people have been featured in the magazine - thanks to Bianca, Kathy, Mia and Samantha for their beautiful artwork which can be seen in our album at right.

Parity magazine is published ten times a year and examines homelessness from personal, local, social, national and global perspectives.  You can view the contents of the April 2015 issue below

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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

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