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City of Melton Mayor, Cr Kathy Majdlik talks about youth homelessness and Hope Street's Melton First Response Youth Service featured in Parity magazine's recent launch of their "The Role of Community Development in Responding to Homelessness" edition.


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On 24 August 2016, the Honourable Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Equality and Minister for Creative Industries launched the Council to Homeless Persons' edition of Parity magazine titled "The Role of Community Development in Responding to Homelessness".

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This fantastic fundraiser has helped to build better futures for young people! Held at Hellenic Republic in Kew, guests were treated to a banquet of sumptuous Greek food, delectable wines, live and silent auctions and great prizes. The entertainment consisted of bouzouki players, a keyboard musician and a renowned Melbourne comedian.

In total, just over $16,000 was raised which will go directly towards establishing Hope Street's Melton First Response. The youth centre will be able to provide safe, stable and supportive accommodation for up to 100 young people and families per year.

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On Thursday 26 May 2016, Tabcorp Park Melton, in partnership with Hope Street Youth and Family Services, hosted a fantastic Corporate Breakfast MC’ed by Rob Auber. The Corporate Breakfast provided the business community with the opportunity to learn more about how homelessness affects young people and the wider community, and how their business/company could assist Hope Street to build a new supported crisis accommodation centre for young people experiencing homelessness in Melton.

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The launch of our Responding to Youth Homelessness in Outer Growth Corridors: A research project in response to youth homelessness in Melton took place at Woodgrove Shopping Centre. The event also revealed the Tree of Hope, a place where the local community can visit to leave messages and butterfly wings of hope for homeless young people and their families. All funds raised via Woodgrove Shopping Centre's Tree of Hope initiative are being donated to Hope Street.

Melton Leader newspapers has partnered with Hope Street to give Melton’s homeless youth a greater place in the minds and hearts of the community, and to help these young people get support within their local area.

Please buy a butterfly for the Tree of Hope at Woodgrove Shopping Centre and effect life changes for young people who face homelessness in Melton. You can also make an online donation to our Melton First Response campaign today at
24 Sep 2015: Research Report Launch
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In support of the Melton City Council, Hope Street was delighted to attend the annual Mayoral Ball 2015 hosted by the Mayor Sophie Ramsey.  

Our organisation has been a part of the City of Melton community since 2009 with the establishment of our Hope Street In Melton program, providing supported medium term accommodation to vulnerable local young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.   The Councillors and Officers of Melton City Council have been integral to the establishment of Hope Street In Melton, ensuring valuable community services are brought into the area and remain as a part of the Melton community.

The Mayoral Ball was held on 17 September 2015 at the Tabcorp Park in Melton and Hope Street hosted a table with special guests:
•         Don Nardella (MP)
•         Paul Baulch (Hope Street Corporate Committee)
•         Jack Moshakis (Hope Street Corporate Committee)
Jo Connellan, Director of Hope Street representing the Board, shared in the City of Melton celebration as did our CEO, Donna Bennett, Executive Administration Officer, Fiona Rigney, Operations Manager, Dale Hardy and Service Development Manager, Mandy Baxter.
17 Sep 2015: City of Melton Mayoral Ball
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Hope Street’s CEO, Donna Bennett, is the chair of the Northern Local Area Services Network and she MC'd the campaign launch on Thursday 06 August 2015 at the Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows.

The event included guest speakers, music, distribution of campaign postcards, selling of campaign t-shirts and a strong message that there are a number of doable strategies to solve homelessness experienced by over 22,000 Victorians each day - in particular, governments investing in affordable housing.


#homelessness #homeless #housing  
06 Aug 2015: "More houses for people" campaign launch
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On 24 June 2015, Hope Street hosted the Gold Stars CD launch, BOOM! BOOM is a compilation of songs written by, produced and sung by young people who for various reasons have done it tough.  The songs are largely about their stories, they speak truth, about life with a whole lot of funk!
Special mention and thanks goes to Moreland Council,  Kate, Monica, the Artful Dodgers and to the young people who showed their creativity, their braveness and outstanding talent!
24 Jun 2015: Launch of Gold Stars' BOOM CD
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The end of July brought the beginnings of new business contacts, knowledge about Hope Street — and early Christmas tidings!
On Thursday 30 July, a number of guests celebrated the festive season at a networking and fundraising morning presented by Q Networking Group in Kew.
30 Jul 2015: Christmas in July with Q Networking Group
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It was our pleasure to report on the activities and achievements of our organisation for the 2013/2014 period at our Annual General Meeting held in Melton at our Hope Street Community Hall. 

The highlight of our AGM was a garden tour at our site in Melton and a performance by Hope Street young people in partnership with the Gold Stars.
09 Dec 2014: Annual General Meeting 2014
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