The Hope to Home in Melton pilot program aims to reduce the number of young people at risk of homelessness by addressing the barriers contributing to homelessness in the City of Melton. This program engages the support of community stakeholders, including local businesses, to address those barriers with more open and inclusive access to existing community life resources such as housing, employment, education, and social and wellbeing programs.
The program assists young people to:
- gain a place they can call home that is affordable, sustainable and long-term
- build their knowledge base to maintain employment, education and training, connection to family, friends and other healthy relationships in their local community
- develop valuable tenancy life skills and establish a tenancy history, enabling access to other tenancies in the future and reducing the probability of returning to the Homelessness Service System
What does the program offer?
- Rental subsidies and joint lease signatories to facilitate 30 young people and their children's transition into private rental accommodation (eg 1 and 2 bedroom units)
- Tailored training/employment opportunities from local business
- A range of workshops to help young people acquire life skills
- Case management support to promote capacity building and maximise outcomes for young people
Hope Street has partnered with Gandel Philanthropy, Raine and Horne Melton and the City of Melton to implement this pilot program. Funding from a range of sources (brokerage, Hope Street funds, business partners and philanthropy) is used to provide subsidised rent over a period of six months. Over the six months this subsidy will be staggered until, at the end of the six months, the young person has the capabilities to independently pay the rent on their own.
How can young people enter this program?
Young people must be:
- 16 - 25 years of age
- individuals or part of a couple / family (eg siblings, single parent and child, couple and child)
- currently in our Hope Street in Melton program (internal client referrals only) or referral through housing services in Melton
- linked to the Melton local government area
- linked or willing to be linked to education, employment or training
- in receipt of an income that allows for independent living (purchase food, pay rent, travel, etc)
- able to perform a basic level of independent living skills in activities such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, self regulated routine
- willing and have the capacity to participate in the program
Please contact us for further information about the program.
OUTCOMES SUMMARYOver a two-year period, Victoria University undertook a rigorous research evaluation of the Hope to Home model piloted in Melton and Whittlesea. An interim report was provided during the 2017-18 reporting period and a final report released in August 2018 at the Hope to Home Research Evaluation Report 2018 Launch.
The interim findings revealed:
- The average age of young people who came through the program at the time of the interim report being published was 20 years old with most of them reliant on unstable and/or unsuitable accommodation immediately before entry into the pilot.
- Reasons for requesting assistance included unsafe and stressful living situations, end of their previous tenancy, and inadequate housing.
- The number of children accompanying young people in the program was significantly greater than expected.
- Many of the tenancies were longer than six months’ duration at the time of data analysis for the interim report, which indicates that young people succeeded in securing stable accommodation.
- More than 75% of young people reported that their accommodation was affordable, suitable for their needs, and gave them access to schools, employment, services, family, and friends.