The Week Without Violence (WWV), held 14 - 20 October this year, is an annual world-wide campaign to end violence against women.
1 in 3 Australian women over the age of 15 has experienced physical or sexual violence and/or emotional abuse by an intimate partner. Family violence takes a profound and long-term toll on women and children’s health and wellbeing, on families and communities, and on society as a whole. Together, we can change attitudes and the gender inequality that is a cause and consequence of violence against women and children.
Hope Street will mark World Homeless Day, 10 October, with a food, art and music event hosted by Woodgrove Shopping Centre in Melton, and by debunking homelessness myths as part of the #HomelessTruths campaign.
The event aims to raise awareness of the misconceptions surrounding youth homelessness, and the valuable services Hope Street provides for vulnerable young people.
The Hope Street First Response Youth Mobile Outreach Service, an innovative place-based model of youth homelessness response, marked its first year of operation in the City of Melton in July 2019. The service launched in July 2018, thanks to a major grant from The Ian Potter Foundation and funding from Hope Street, and has thus far supported 202 young people who are experiencing homelessness – much more than the anticipated 100 young people per year.
Available seven days a week, the First Response Youth Mobile Outreach Service provides local mobile crisis support for young people and young families experiencing (and at risk of experiencing) homelessness. The support provided to young people includes emergency accommodation, meal and grocery vouchers, clothing, emergency back packs containing personal toiletry items, support to engage in employment and education opportunities, assistance navigating the homelessness system and referrals to relevant services.
In July 2019 Hope Street made a submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System.
Dear Hope Street partners and supporters,
Mental health and homelessness have a bidirectional relationship, with poorer mental health associated with a lower likelihood of achieving stable housing, and unstable housing contributing to worsening mental health. International studies have revealed that up to 98% of youth have at least one mental health disorder. In Australia, just over 50% of young people report having been diagnosed with at least one mental health condition, and that does not include those who are not yet formally diagnosed.
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:
Please contact us if you would like to become a partner and support at risk young people and young families.