Lots of organisations offer advice, financial support, a place to stay and other kinds of assistance.
The following organisations can help if you:
- Don't have a place to live
- Are worried about losing the security of your home
- Know someone at risk of homelessness
For more information about housing support visit these pages on Youth Central:
Emergency and crisis accommodation
The following organisations provide emergency and crisis accommodation for young people:
- The Salvation Army
- Melbourne City Mission - Stopover Youth Refuge
- Western Region Accommodation Program
- St Vincent de Paul Society - VincentCare Program
Victorian Government support
housing.vic.gov.au offers advice and information about housing and support for people experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, or escaping family violence.
Centrelink crisis and special help
Find out about payments for people in severe hardship or who have been forced to leave home on Centrelink's Crisis and Special Help pages. The page also lists other support services.
Finding support services
Ask Izzy is an A-Z directory of support for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, including where to find:
- Everyday items
- Counselling and support
- Money help
Frontyard provides services for young people between 12 and 25. Their services include:
- Housing support
- Health services
- Education and training
- Family support
All services are free. You can drop in at their offices (19 King Street, Melbourne) without an appointment.
These links provide general information about homelessness issues. For links to support organisations, headings above.
Youth Homelessness Matters Day
The National Youth Coalition for Housing runs Youth Homelessness Matters Day and provides resources for homeless young people. They also offer ways you can help address youth homelessness.
Counting the Homeless
Report produced for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, based on 2006 Census data.
Youth Homelessness in Australia
Report produced for the Federal Government of Australia, based on 2006 Census data and the National Census of Homeless School Students.
Rebecca's Community offers a range of resources, from statistics and reports to personal stories, poems and images by people experiencing homelessness.