A turning of the sod event took place in Melton on 21 September 2018 to celebrate the start of the construction of a purpose-built youth refuge which will accommodate young people and young families experiencing homelessness.
The state-of-the-art youth refuge, called the Hope Street First Response Youth Service in Melton, will consist of eight individual bedrooms for young people and a two-bedroom family unit, and will accommodate 100 young people experiencing homelessness each year. It is a project of non-profit organisation Hope Street Youth and Family Services - one of the longest established specialist youth homelessness services in Victoria.
The Hope Street First Response Youth Mobile Outreach Service in Melton, a new service that directly reaches out to vulnerable young people in the local government area and surrounding suburbs*, was launched today.
Hope Street specialises in assisting and responding to the immediate needs of young people and young families at risk of or experiencing homelessness, with a focus on intervention strategies to achieve stability, safety and improve the overall wellbeing of the young person and their children.