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Our 'Make a House a Home' fund

Person laying in a hammock, dog sitting next to them

25 February 2021

A home is more than a place. A home is lifelong memories of friends visiting, family barbeques, and shared meals with loved ones: which can be painful reminders beyond the reach of people experiencing homelessness. But, we can turn this dream into a reality.

People are experiencing homelessness and poverty on an unprecedented scale, with COVID-19 massively displacing those who are sleeping rough or suddenly robbing people of their jobs, houses, health and livelihoods.

An unfolding crisis has forced people across the state without a home into hotels and accommodation to keep them safe, which has allowed our GreenLight workers to locate and support notoriously ‘difficult to reach’ people in Victoria for the first time.

We will provide more than 1,000 people sleeping rough with a home

Breakthroughs are occurring. Our staff are successfully transitioning people sleeping rough out of hotels and off the streets into accommodation, and supporting them to keep them housed.

In 2021, Sacred Heart Mission will provide over 1,000 people with a home of their own for the very first time. This includes helping more people to move out of temporary hotel rooms as well as continuing to support our Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) and GreenLight clients settling into their own home.

People who have lived through trauma deserve a place of their own, which we are making happen with the launch of our new ‘Make a House a Home’ fund.

Our new 'Make a House a Home' fund

When some of the most vulnerable people in our community finally get access to a new house, in order to make that property feel like a home we are helping them with all the essentials: a bed, couch, washing machine and plants, to add to that feeling of ‘welcome’.

We’re buying critical items for people experiencing homelessness to adjust fully into their new home, ensuring it doesn’t feel like an empty shell.

These touches will help make their home a space they’ll always want to return to.

The new fund will remain open to accommodate hundreds of vulnerable peoples’ dreams of settling into their very own home for the first time in their lives.

Giving them the crucial, fresh start, they need to embark on an exciting, new chapter, while we build their independence, goals and ties with their communities.

Read on to find out more about 'Make a House a Home'

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0136,596Meals served through our meals program over the last year
069,269Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
05,740Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respects to them, their culture and their elders past, present and emerging.

 

Sacred Heart Mission has always aimed to be a place that embraces a sexuality and gender diverse community; everyone is welcome at our table and we believe a diverse community is good for everyone.
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