Hope Street and the City of Whittlesea Council have a long-standing partnership in the response to youth homelessness that dates back to 2008. Hope Street, with the support of the City of Whittlesea Council, currently runs Hope Street in Whittlesea, a youth foyer-like model of supported transitional housing, and the Hope Street Hope to Home program that transitions young people from homelessness into private rental.
Up ahead, Hope Street and the City of Whittlesea Council have partnered to bring the City of Whittlesea its first youth refuge to provide crisis accommodation to young people who are experiencing homelessness. On 05 June 2018, the City of Whittlesea Council formally resolved to proceed with leasing Council land in South Morang to Hope Street for the purpose of building the First Response Youth Service. The service will include a youth refuge providing crisis accommodation to young people and young families who are experiencing homelessness, and a mobile outreach service that operates 365 days per year. Hope Street is currently mobilising the funds required for the capital build and the ongoing operational costs.