Who We Help

Our aim is to help people who have slipped through the cracks, including the homeless, people with mental illness and/or disabilities, the elderly and anyone requiring support.

Homelessness Facts

There are more than a hundred thousand people who are homeless in Australia, and about 23,000 of them in Victoria – living on the street, in tents, crisis accommodation, temporary and severely overcrowded lodgings. The lack of stability in their lives exacerbates mental and physical health as well as substance abuse problems, leading to an ever diminishing quality of life.

Reasons for homelessness

The main reasons for homelessness are domestic family violence, followed by financial difficulties and accommodation issues: lack of affordable rental; housing affordability; stringent home loan/lending standards, and housing values; The bulk of the homeless are aged between 19-34, followed by the under 12 age group. Help support us in taking the first step to solving homelessness here!

Stories from the street

The term ‘homeless’ does not refer to just those ‘sleeping rough’ in parks and gardens. Those living in rooming houses and bedsits, although under roofs, are equally – if not more – lacking connections, and inclusion.

Everyone deserves to have a safe and constant place to live. Help support us in taking the first step to solving homelessness here!

Julie and Queenie - Julie used to work in the Pakenham Vinnies op shop, affectionately referred to by her daughter as the “little old ladies’ op-shop”, as Julie was the youngest there. A self-professed pen and paper girl, one… Read more
Catherine - Catherine is a proud mother of high achieving daughters. One has just finished VCE and attends La Trobe University. The other recently graduated with a Masters and now works at SpecSavers. Catherine suffers from chronic… Read more
Russell - Russell’s partner died of cancer a few years ago. For seven years he lived on the streets. Without rental references Russell was trapped in a vicious cycle. No one would rent to him without references,… Read more
Daniel - An avid rollerblader, musician, and artist, Daniel grew up in Balaclava, where he remembers his childhood home being old, creaky, and home also to a family or two of possums. Daniel first met the Avalon… Read more