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Up ahead: First Response Youth Service in the City of Whittlesea

Hope Street recently launched a First Response Youth Service in Melton, with construction for the youth refuge currently under way and due for completion later this year, and services already being provided from alternative sites. Our sights are now set on the City of Whittlesea, with plans to bring the First Response Youth Service to the area in the next two years.

The City of Whittlesea reports high rates of youth homelessness, disadvantage and disengagement, with one of the highest rates of family violence in Melbourne, two of the most socio-economically disadvantaged suburbs in Victoria, the second highest youth unemployment rate in Melbourne and high rates of mental health problems amongst young people aged 15-24 years (25%). There is currently no youth refuge in the area.


Melton Youth Mobile Outreach Service's rapid response rolls on

In June 2018 the Hope Street First Response Youth Mobile Outreach Service launched in Melton thanks to a four year $1.8 million grant from The Ian Potter Foundation, operating out of Hope Street’s existing transitional housing site in Melton until its future move across to the new First Response Youth Service once the building is complete.

Available seven days a week from 10am until midnight, 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. Support provided includes crisis accommodation, meal vouchers, assistance navigating the homelessness service sector, and referrals to other support services. Support is mobile and can go to wherever the young person is – a friend’s house, a park, a school, etc.


First Response Youth Refuge, Melton: services now live!

Construction of the Hope Street First Response Youth Service (Youth Refuge) continues in Melton, with building due for completion later this year. In the meantime, the First Response Youth Refuge Interim Model has gone live as of Tuesday 12 March!

Two private rental properties have been secured to provide supported crisis accommodation until the Youth Refuge building is completed. Both houses are…


BABBA fundraising event success for Hope Street

Close to 200 Melton residents attended a BABBA show at WestWaters Hotel and Entertainment Complex on Saturday 20 October to raise funds for youth homeless service provider, Hope Street Youth and Family Services.

The evening event included a performance by the world’s leading ABBA tribute group BABBA, entertainment by well-known comedian Elliot Goblett, a three-course meal, a live auction and a silent auction. Funds raised will be used to purchase emergency accommodation and meals for young people and young families experiencing homelessness.

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