How we help
100% of our profits go towards achieving our mission in supporting young people affected by homelessness or hardship.
HoMie Pathway Alliance
The HoMie Pathway Alliance program is HoMie’s own accredited retail training and education program for young people affected by homelessness or hardship. Every year, HoMie selects young people to participate in an eight- month paid on-the-job work experience at the HoMie Street Store or a HoMie Alliance trained business including Cotton On, Bonds or Champion Stores.
Upon successful completion of the paid HoMie Pathway Alliance internship, HoMie interns will graduate with: Certificate III in Retail; eight months personal development training to build improved confidence, resilience, self aspirations and life skills; six-months retail work experience; and a permanent place in our HoMie Alumni community.
VIP Shopping Days
At least 12 times a year, HoMie closes its doors to the public and invites young people connected to homelessness support services to shop for free at the HoMie Street Store. Each VIP shopper is welcomed into our store for a day of pampering and fun. VIP shoppers receive five free items of brand-new HoMie clothing, haircuts, beauty services, and lunch with our friendly team. Apart from clothing, HoMie provides a dignified shopping experience, increased social inclusion, and feelings of connectedness for young Melbournians affected by homelessness or hardship.
- There are approximately 116,000 people in Australia experiencing homelessness.
- Roughly 43,500 are under the age of 25.
- The majority of young people experiencing homelessness are not sleeping rough. They are sleeping on couches, in cars, in overcrowded dwellings and refuges.
- The main causes of Youth Homelessness are family breakdown and family violence.
- More than half of these young people experiencing homelessness are unemployed and looking for a job.
Source: ABS 2016