Keys to home

Mandy Baxter, Service Development Manager at Hope Street, writes about the impact of youth homelessness in Melton and the Hope to Home project in Parity magazine's June 2015 issue.

As a prosperous rental market surges, the increase of a casualised labour market continues, the incidence of family violence rises and the cost of living catapults, it is the marginalised that continue to be shut out – Australia’s young and homeless – and particularly those in the growth corridors of Melbourne like Melton.

Without innovative solutions that offer long-term stability and the opportunity to create interdependence away from homelessness, the cycle of transience and homelessness is likely to not only continue and increase but, alarmingly for young people, will result in long term chronic homelessness.

In recent months Hope Street has initiated Hope to Home in Melton, currently in its developmental stages and about to be piloted. Hope to Home works on the premise that when community and business and government join together, lasting meaningful change occurs for the benefit of the whole community.

You can help to change the life of a homeless young person in this project through our Donations page.

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magazine, the Council to Homeless Persons’ (CHP) national publication, is published ten times a year and examines homelessness from personal, local, social, national and global perspectives.

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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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