Youth Homelessness Services
69 Bourke St, Melbourne
1800 COMMUNITY (266 686 489)
The Salvation Army work with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, those suffering from serious mental health issues, people affected by a range of addiction issues and people who are suffering from social poverty. The Salvation Army Melbourne Project 614 provides support by supplying meals, clothing and counselling but also work with clients to help create pathways out of their current state of marginalisation. These pathways include training, volunteering, employment and accommodation options. Providing youth specific programs including Youth Street teams who help at risk young people in the city at night and the AMP 614 Youth Bus is a safe place for Melbourne's homeless and marginalised youth. A fully refurbished motorcoach parks on Flinders Street equipped with a kitchenette, computers, Xbox gaming consoles, chill out areas and private counselling area. The Youth Bus enables Melbourne Project 614 workers and volunteers to build relationships with vulnerable and isolated young people with the intent to improve their pathways to accommodation, employment and education. The Youth bus operates from 6.30pm to 9.00pm, Monday to Wednesday.
Elizabeth Street Launch Housing Common Ground
660 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Elizabeth Street Common Ground provides permanent, affordable, high-quality housing to 65 people with complex needs who have been chronically homeless, many for more than 10 years. An additional 66 apartments exist for low income workers and students. The Common Ground model combines the two essential ingredients for ending homelessness: good quality permanent housing and tailored support services. Eligibility - people who are vulnerable to long-term homelessness and highly vulnerable to physical or mental harm. Clients’ vulnerability is assessed through:
• Current housing circumstances and history of homelessness, including length of time homeless, types of accommodation accessed, reasons for leaving accommodation;
• Mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency, disability/cognitive impairments or other chronic health condition which can be a barrier to maintaining housing; and
• Vulnerability to harm and exploitation from others or a risk of harm to themselves.
Concern Australia STEPS Outreach Service
Contact: Anne Mitchell
03 9470 2972 or 0425 770 048
Steps’ workers and volunteers help young people, children and their families with long-term relational and practical support, including advocacy, referral and material aid. STEPS helps young people to build a sense of self-worth and equips them with the tools they need to create a positive future. Eligibility – young people and anyone else homeless or at risk of homelessness in the city.