Who is leading the change
Department of Health and Human Services
The Victorian Government support and fund youth homelessness and other youth services providers in developing and implementing a broader range of supported accommodation options for young people experiencing family violence.
The Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce and other stakeholders are being engaged to identify gaps in our current response to young people experiencing homelessness. The potential for more innovative service solutions are also being explored.
Youth foyers at Preston and Werribee are helping youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This is providing a stable and safe place for young people to address their primary support needs and focus on long terms goals.
Support to young people is being provided with the utilisation of other properties such as transitional housing and private rental.
As part of the $25 million Accommodation for the Homeless Initiative, the Victorian Government has invested in new models of supported accommodation for young people experiencing homelessness and those leaving out of home care. This includes funding the completed development of two new youth refuges, one in Preston, and one in Werribee. This is helping meet the high demand for young people experiencing homelessness.
In December 2020, the Kids Under Cover Village 21 opened in Preston and is providing accommodation and wrap around support program based on a village concept, assisting at-risk young people who are leaving out-of-home care and would otherwise be homeless. It is delivered in partnership with Anglicare Victoria, and will supports communal activities such as cooking, maintaining shared gardens and learning life skills.
The Iramoo supported youth accommodation facility opened in Werribee, City of Wyndham towards the middle of August 2021. The Victorian Government invested $3.75 million to develop this 8-unit youth foyer using the core and cluster model. Iramoo is part of the H3 Wyndham Alliance. Funding was allocated to Unison for the capital project, and Melbourne City Mission is providing support to young people with a focus on employment and education, case management and housing support to young people in the western suburbs.