How we help
100% of HoMie’s profits go towards people affected by homelessness or hardship, through HoMie’s Pathway Alliance program and VIP Shopping Days
- 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
The HoMie Pathway Alliance
The Pathway Project is HoMie’s own accredited retail training and education program for young people experiencing homelessness. Every year, HoMie selects young people experiencing homelessness or hardship to participate in an eight- month paid on-the-job work experience at the HoMie Street Store or a HoMie Alliance trained business. 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
Each month, clients connected to youth homelessness support services are invited to shop for free at the HoMie Street Store. VIP customers not only receive five complimentary items of brand-new clothing (at their own discretion) and a dignified shopping experience, but also receive free nutritious food, haircuts, and beauty services. VIP Days aim to increase social inclusion, connectedness and confidence for Melbourne’s community of people experiencing homelessness.