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> WHAT IS YOUTH HOMELESSNESS SUPPORT?
> INFORMATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
> INFORMATION FOR WORKERS AND CAREGIVERS
> OTHER WAYS TO ACCESS OUR SERVICE
> TYPES OF SUPPORT OFFERED BY YHSP

What is Youth Homelessness Support?

Our Youth Housing Support Program (YHSP) is an Accredited Specialist Homelessness Service funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. We assist young people aged 15 – 25, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We have three professionally trained and understanding youth support workers who work one-to-one with young people in need, assisting them to access and sustain secure housing and address related issues including health, education, employment, relationships, parenting.

  • Eligible young people must be:
  • 15-25 years old
  • Single person or a single parent
  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Receiving a low income
  • Be willing to engage in support
  • Have some links to the City of Port Phillip and surrounding areas

Information for Young people

The Youth Housing Support Program (YHSP) is an Accredited Specialist Homelessness Service funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. We assist young people 15 – 25, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

To be eligible for the Youth Housing Program you must be:

  • 15-25 years old
  • Single person or a single parent
  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Receiving a low income
  • Be willing to engage in support
  • Have some links to the City of Port Phillip and surrounding areas

From our program you can expect:

  • Personalised assistance that meets your needs, and encourages you to make informed choices about the direction of your life
  • A free and confidential service which will be explained to you
  • Respect for your culture, religion or sexual orientation
  • Assistance to live free from violence and control and help you find safe housing

The Youth Housing Support Program can assist you to:

  • Get safe and secure housing that is appropriate for you
  • Access employment, education or training programs
  • Solve problems with Centrelink benefits or income
  • Assist you to access affordable counselling and support services
  • Manage any other issues you maybe dealing with
  • Refer you to other services in the community that you might need

… If we can’t help you directly we will probably know who can!

Give us a call to discuss on 9696 1128 OR 0403 726 288

Information for workers and caregivers

The Youth Housing Support Program (YHSP) is an Accredited Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS) funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. We assist young people aged 15 – 25, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We are a part of the Southern ‘Opening Doors’ Model, and provide transitional housing and interim support to young people via the following access points:

  • Launch Housing St Kilda: 8598 1111
  • Salvation Army Crisis Centre: 1800 627 727
  • Launch Housing Cheltenham: 9596 5777
  • Melbourne Youth Support: 1800 800 531

These services are aware when we have support or housing available. They can also assess young people for other housing and support services if a vacancy with our service is not available.

Other ways to access our service:

Directly:

  • A young person can make a direct contact with the service to discuss their needs. A supported referral can be offered through the Opening Doors Model if the young person is assessed as vulnerable.
  • If we have support vacancies we can provide direct case management around their housing needs.

Secondary consultation:

YHSP staff are able to advise young people, other support workers, family members and advocates about housing options that may suit their needs. Feel free to give us a call on 9696 1128.

Types of Support offered by YHSP:

Interim Support:

  • Whilst a young person is yet to be housed in appropriate accommodation, YSHP will work with the young person for up to two months, to seek out housing possibilities and advocate for them to be considered for vacancies.
  • Young people may be offered an extension of support period longer than two months if appropriate housing is not found in that time.

Housed Support:

  • Young people who are housed in transitional properties or nominated SPCHG bedsit properties are offered intensive case management for the duration of their tenancy. During this support period the worker will work with the young person to develop a support plan and work towards long term sustainable housing.
  • Similar support is offered to young people who are tenants of the SPCHG Housing Program.

Outreach:

  • Young people who have exited our supported accommodation will be offered 3 months of support to help them settle into their new surroundings.
  • Referrals to other services are made as required.
  • Distribution of funds such as Youth Private Rental Access Program or Creating Education and Employment Pathways funding may also occur during this time.

‘Sadly, there are many young people who do not have a safe or welcoming place to call home. Around half of all people experiencing homelessness in Australia are young people aged less than 25.’