Youth homelessness matters

Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) is a national annual campaign, aimed at raising awareness of youth homelessness amongst decision makers and the wider community. The day, Wednesday 17 April 2019, falls in the middle of National Youth Week, a time when the country’s attention is on the plight of young Australians.

More than 28,000 young Australians aged 12 to 25 years old do not have a home, due mostly to them escaping conflict and violence. Once homeless, it is almost impossible for young people to find a home due to the housing affordability crisis in Australia. Youth homelessness is often hidden from view as young people experiencing homelessness stay in refuges, couch surf at friends’ houses, or sleep in their cars.

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The run for hope!

Whether you’re walking, running or pushing a pram, every step in the City of Melton's 5km Fun Run/Walk is a step forward for young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

The run/walk will take place around the Toolern Creek Trail on Saturday 27 April 2019 and all proceeds will go to Hope Street's crisis accommodation facility in Melton.

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Intergenerational homelessness in Melton: a 23-year-old mother of three shares her story

Sian* is a mother of three from the Melton area who has overcome adversity and created a positive new future for herself and her young family with the support of Hope Street Youth and Family Services.

Ever wondered what it would be like to have three children in your care and nowhere to call home? It's an upsetting thought for any parent, yet for a number of young families in the Melton region it's a reality that, for various reasons, they have to face.

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Living life with hope

Hope Street is thrilled to reveal our very own anthem, an original song composed just for Hope Street, called Live Life With Hope.  A music video has been produced using the song and recent photographs taken of current Hope Street clients, to provide a glimpse into what being young and homeless looks like in Melbourne in 2019.

Please share the video below to spread the word about Hope Street’s work in responding to youth homelessness.

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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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