Hope for the homeless

Tabcorp Park’s Shane Gloury and Hope Street’s Donna Bennett. Picture: Luke Hemer

Providing a future of hope will be the main aim of a breakfast fundraiser for a Melton youth homeless centre this week.

Hope Street Youth and Family Services will host the event at Tabcorp Park on Thursday to support the building of a new emergency accommodation centre for homeless young people.

Hope Street provides residential accommodation for people aged 16 to 21 and young families, and offers help in strengthening their housing, employment, education, training, personal and social prospects.

The state government increased funding for crisis and emergency accommodation last month in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Hope Street chief executive Donna Bennett said the funding acknowledged that young people who experience homelessness require tailored responses.

“Hope Street has been working closely with various stakeholders in Melton to establish an emergency accommodation facility along with specialist wrap-around support services for over 220 young people experiencing homelessness,” she said.

The breakfast will run from 7.30am to 9am and tickets cost $35. Call 8746 0626 for bookings.