A snapshot of Hope Street functions, launches and other events.
We are delighted to report that construction of the Hope Street First Response Youth Refuge in Melton is now complete!
Young people are moving into the facility in the weeks ahead. Over the next 12 months, at least 100 young people (16-25 years old) and young families will receive crisis accommodation and support in the refuge, with an additional 100 young people being supported via our mobile outreach service.
For Hope Street, 2018-2019 was a year for building hope, both literally and metaphorically. Today we celebrated the achievments of Hope Street’s teams, young people and the partners and supporters behind our impact.
Full Story: 2019 Annual General Meeting
The City of Whittlesea played host to a panel discussion on youth homelessness on Tuesday 07 May 2019, attended by homelessness service providers, government representatives, community members and young people with lived experience of homelessness.
Hope Street was announced as the winner of the City of Melton Business Excellence Community Contribution Award 2018 at a Gala Dinner on Friday 31 August 2018. Hope Street CEO, Donna Bennett, and Programs Manager (North West), Norman Vella attended with guests from the Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation in Melton.
Full Story: Hope Street wins 2018 Excellence Award
Hope Street, in partnership with Kirrip House, ran a competition to find a piece of artwork that will welcome young people into the Hope Street Community Hall in Melton. The competition was an opportunity for young artists of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage who were 13 to 25 years old and living in the Melton local government area, to showcase their incredible artwork during NAIDOC Week (08 - 15 July).
Three artists were awarded prizes for their artwork at the Melton NAIDOC Flag Raising held at the Melton Community Hall on 11 July, in partnership with City of Melton officials and Hope Street.
Full Story: WINNERS: Indigenous Youth Art Competition
Ecodynamics employees did something very special for Hope Street at their 21 February Group Strategy Day: 16 bicycles, varying from adults to kids sizes were built by their dedicated team members. The bikes were then donated to Hope Street’s Brunswick and Melton branches for use by our residents.
Full Story: Ecodynamics builds bikes and strong communities
A special dinner was held on 07 July to raise funds towards the building and construction of the Hope Street youth refuge in Melton. Thank you to all our event attendees who enjoyed a fun, construction-themed night with delicious food and great entertainment at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. Event Photographer: Zheljana Peric
Full Story: Building hope for young people
Since 2015 Woodgrove Shopping Centre has partnered with Hope Street to fight youth homelessness in the West. With the success of the Tree of Hope has come the Letters of Hope which was unveiled on 01 March. The installation, located at the Grove outside the Bank of Melbourne entry, is comprised of four letters: H-O-P-E. Colourful keytags obtained from Woodgrove or participating retailers for a gold coin donation, have a personal message written upon them and are then attached to one of the letters.
Full Story: Letters of Hope launched
Hope Street launched the architectural plans of its new supported crisis accommodation centre in Melton. Laurence Robinson, Director of Brand Architects, presented the plans for the proposed Melton facility (see photo album for a selection of images), including a site fly-through which demonstrated the open feel of the design that would provide an accessible and nurturing environment for young people. There was also a fantastic Talk and Performance by Hope Street’s talented young people, and much more as a part of the 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Full Story: Melton Plans Launch and AGM
The Honourable Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Equality and Minister for Creative Industries launched the Council to Homeless Persons' edition of Parity magazine titled "The Role of Community Development in Responding to Homelessness".
Full Story: Parity Launch
The My Hope Street Big Fat Fundraiser was held at Hellenic Republic in Kew, and was proudly organised by the Hope Street Corporate Committee with special thanks to Upfront Events. Guests were treated to a banquet of sumptuous Greek food, delectable wines, live and silent auctions and great prizes. The entertainment consisted of bouzouki players, a keyboard musician and a renowned Melbourne comedian.
Full Story: My Hope Street Big Fat Fundraiser - Update
Tabcorp Park Melton, in partnership with Hope Street Youth and Family Services, hosted a fantastic Corporate Breakfast MC’ed by Rob Auber. The Corporate Breakfast provided the business community with the opportunity to learn more about how homelessness affects young people and the wider community, and how their business/company could assist Hope Street to build a new supported crisis accommodation centre for young people experiencing homelessness in Melton.
Full Story: Corporate Breakfast Builds Hope
The launch of our Responding to Youth Homelessness in Outer Growth Corridors: A research project in response to youth homelessness in Melton took place at Woodgrove Shopping Centre. The event also revealed Woodgrove Shopping Centre's initiative, the Tree of Hope, where 100% of funds raised go to Hope Street.
Full Story: Butterflies of hope
The end of July brought the beginnings of new business contacts, knowledge about Hope Street — and early Christmas tidings! A number of guests celebrated the festive season at a fabulous networking and fundraising morning presented by Q Networking Group in Kew.
Photo Credits: Malcolm Mitchell, Q Networking Group Member
Full Story: Christmas in July: Update
The City of Melton celebrates the achievements of young people in the Melton local government area by hosting this annual event. This year, three young people from our Hope Street in Melton Program were successful in receiving a YAC Grant. To honour the achievements of our young people, Hope Street's CEO and a number of staff members celebrated with our successful grant recipients at the annual YAC Awards Night. Congratulations to the winners Alhana, Roberta and Kruze!
Full Story: Congrats to our YAC Awardees
Hope Street proudly participated in the annual RDNS Where the Heart is...Community Festival at the Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy’s North with our first ever stall and fabulous performances from the Hope Street Gold Stars.
It was our pleasure to report on the activities and achievements of our organisation for the 2013/2014 period at our Annual General Meeting held in Melton at our Hope Street Community Hall.
Full Story: 2014 AGM: Reflecting on our Achievements
The themes of the Forum were Rapid Housing for Young people and Early intervention and Short Term Responses to divert young people from the Homelessness Service System. Feedback about the Forum was overwhelmingly positive.
2012/2013 has been a tremendously successful year with many achievements and wonderful success stories with young people and young families across all of our programs. Youth Homelessness remains a major social problem requiring individual, community and government action.
The Federal Member for Wills and Secretary of Trade, Kelvin Thomson launched the Hope Street BOOST Program Evaluation Final Report, July 2013, Dr K. Jones and Dr L. Costello AHURI in Coburg North. An attentive group of community service organisations, local government officials and staff, the North Division Hume Moreland Area Director and supporters were present.
Our Strategic Planning Day was held at the Brimbank National Park in Keilor East. A key part of strategic planning is consultation and feedback from internal and external stakeholders. Comments from young people regarding their experiences of Hope Street were sought and shared, as well as comments from key agencies.