Mum and child

Hope Street CEO, Donna Bennett's first job as a new graduate was as a Youth Housing Support Worker for young people with dependants in Broadmeadows, Victoria.   In this Parity magazine opinion piece, she reflects on how far young single mums have come - and how far we still have to go to support them.

What I saw and understood from my friends and life in regional Victoria did not prepare me however for the level of disadvantage, discrimination, negative judgements, poverty and isolation I soon learned about in my new role as a social worker.

Twenty six years on, I’m astonished (not surprised) that our social and financial policy makers continue to purposely disadvantage single women with children perpetuating entrenched poverty. I see this with the young women with children who enter our programs at Hope Street Youth and Family Services.

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Parity 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
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