Organisation of the month: Hope Street
Hope Street is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation that specialises in working with young people and young families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Melbourne’s north and west.
Number of employees: 10-49
Location/s: Brunswick, Brunswick West, Thomastown, Melton
Clients: Young people and young families (16-25 years old) who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless.
About Hope Street
Hope Street is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation that specialises in working with young people and young families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Melbourne’s north and west. It provides a range of specialist programs and services including crisis accommodation, transitional housing and outreach support including an after-hours service.
How would you describe your culture?
What is the best thing about working for your organisation?
Being able to create positive changes in the lives of young people. We know that in Victoria alone over 20 000 young people presented to homelessness services in the past 12 months. This is unacceptable in a country as wealthy as Australia. We believe that no young person should be without a home.
By working at Hope Street, we know that we are part of change – and helping young people and young families to find a place to call home as a key stepping stone to creating a life in which their hopes and dreams are realised.
What is a recent project or accomplishment you’re particularly proud of?
Our Hope Street First Response Youth Service in Melton. Hope Street successfully campaigned for Melton’s first purpose built crisis accommodation and support centre for local young people and their children. In partnership with the Victorian Government, Melton City Council and the community of Melton, this youth centre will provide a range of specialist support services responding holistically to young peoples’ situation of homelessness and crisis. Find out more here.
Top qualities you look for in potential new employees
Someone who is passionate about making a change in the area of homelessness, someone who is youth-focused and driven in all aspects of their employment.
Experience or study areas needed to join your organisation
We seek out candidates who are tertiary educated and who have expertise and/or experience working in the area of youth homelessness, case management, drug and alcohol and/or in the area of mental health. We are particularly interested in candidates who are passionate about assisting young people within empowerment and strengths based approaches.
To discuss employment opportunities with Hope Street, contact:
Interim Operations Manager