How we help youth homelessness

  • - 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

How we are helping

The Pathway Project

We believe that homelessness is a situation that young people can move out of with the right support and opportunity. That’s why the HoMie Pathway Project exists - to create unique pathways out of homelessness and hardship for young people through training and employment. The first of its kind in Australia, The Pathway Project contributes to a young person's journey to self-sufficiency by equipping them with the experience, skills and confidence to kick start their working life.

This can’t be done alone. At HoMie, we believe in the power of meaningful collaboration and have partnered with incredible local services to provide ‘Living, Learning & Earning’ for our Pathway Interns.

Living

We believe in a wrap around approach to homelessness, and understand that safe and secure houring is absolutely necessary to a stable and thriving working life. That's why we have partnered with Launch Housing, Brotherhood of St. Laurence, and Merri Street Outreach Service (MOSS) who either provie or ensure HoMie interns have affordable housing, a positive home environment, drug and alcohol support, life skills development and mental health support. With a safe and happy home sorted, HoMie can then provide the 'Learning' and 'Earning' element to the lives of the young people in the program.

Learning

Not only do our Pathway Interns receive on the job training and experience at the HoMie store, they also study to complete a Certificate III in Retail Operations delivered by our training partner, Knowledge Space. Knowledge Space deliver dynamic and engaging classes to our interns each week, offering expertise and support to help the interns successfully complete their certificate. We understand that education and certifications will help our interns to gain meaningful employment once they have graduated from the Pathway Project.

Earning

Pathway Project interns are on the HoMie payroll for the six months of their internship and are remunerated in line with Retail Industry standards. Each trainee is guaranteed part time paid hours in store each week for the duration of their employment with us. Earning a decent wage, being able to save money and manage your own finances are all crucial in the journey to independence for young people experience homelessness and hardship.

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Our six HoMie Pathway Graduates have all found meaningful employment and continue to financially support themselves in their next steps on their pathway. Whether it be further education, retail, floristry, or trades, we're so proud we had a small part of their lives.

They'll always #BeAHoMie to us.


VIP Shopping Days

The HoMie VIP Day is a dignified shopping experience that aims to build confidence and social connections for young people experiencing homelessness and hardship. On these days, we close the doors to the public and young people experiencing homelessness and hardship become our ‘VIP Shoppers’.

Connecting with local homelessness services enables us to provide a safe, tailored and meaningful experience for our VIPs.

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 providing clothing, HoMie VIP Shopping Days aim to increase feelings of social connectedness, and also bring our VIPs into contact with the HoMie support network.

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