Having a home

The Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) has joined the call for the Victorian Government to fund the building of a new youth emergency accommodation facility in Melton. Meanwhile, the Director of a real estate agency is helping homeless youth find and rent a place of their own.

In today's Melton Leader news story by Andrew Rogers, CHP CEO Jenny Smith indicates that due to there being no facility in Melton, youth experiencing homelessness must go outside their local area. 

Ms Smith says:

The reality is that despite a booming population increase in Melbourne's west, a new youth crisis accommodation facility has not been built in decades.  ...Teamed with programs that focus on the next steps for clients like employment and education, youth refuges help people set themselves up for the future.

Kieran Carson joined the Hope Street Corporate Committee with the belief that no-one should be without the basics of a roof over their head.  As the Director of Raine and Horne Melton, he is working with Hope Street and landlords to get youth into private rental accommodation in Melton.  

Whether it is a crisis youth facility or a private rental residence, having a place to hold onto as their home for a period provides a base from which homeless and at risk young people can re-establish their lives and pursue their aspirations.

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Hope to Home in Whittlesea

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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