Youth Housing is a Homeless Support Service - a voluntary program for young people between 15 and 25 who are homeless, at risk of homelessness and/or affected by family violence.
The Youth Housing workers assist young people to access safe, secure and affordable housing, and to increase their independent living skills.
We support young people with:
- access to short-term housing
- information about emergency accommodation
- support with the Office of Housing
- referral to counselling services
- assistance with access to the private rental market
- assistance with Centrelink payments and budgeting
- referral to education and training options
- someone to talk to about things at home
Under the Opening Doors Framework Ballarat has a single entry point for accessing homelessness and housing Services. Uniting Care Ballarat is the entry point for the Ballarat, area.
Ballarat Community Health Youth Housing Program receives all referrals directly from this Entry Point.
If you are homeless or have a housing crisis, please contact Ballarat Uniting Care Housing Program on 5332 1286 or you can drop-in without an appointment at 105 Dana Street and they will arrange a meeting with a housing worker.
You can also telephone the state wide Homeless Crisis Response number at all times on 1800 825 955.
Other services for people experiencing homelessness include:
Breezeway Meals Program
Uniting Care Ballarat runs the Breeze Way Meals Program from 105 Dana Street Ballarat. Breeze Way provides a substantial, hot nutritional two course midday meal every day of the year for people who are marginalised, homeless, living in insecure accommodation and / or have no cooking facilities. It operates from 10.30am to 1.30pm each day.
Soup Bus Ballarat
The Soup Bus provides an after-dark meal service to Ballarat's homeless and less fortunate on 5 evenings a week - Sunday 5.30pm-7.30pm & Monday to Thursday 7.30pm-9.30pm from the Civic Hall Car Park 300-304 Mair St, Ballarat Vic 3350.