From Homelessness to a Home

EACH and EACH Housing, are pleased to be joining the Victorian Government’s From Homelessness to a Home (H2H) initiative, which assists vulnerable Victorians to leave emergency hotel accommodation and move into their own home with support to help maintain their new tenancies and their health and wellbeing.

People experiencing homelessness were provided emergency hotel accommodation in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure they remained safe and could comply with public health directions.

We are delivering the H2H program in the Inner and Outer Eastern and Southern areas of Melbourne, working with Homes Victoria, project partners: EDVOS, Safefutures and other community services to deliver medium and longer-term housing and support services to assist people to break the cycle of homelessness.

Head leasing is used as a rapid housing solution. It is framed by a continuum of support that includes financial assistance to maintain housing, ensuring stability to enable people to access a private rental or other appropriate housing options. Learn more about our Head Lease Program here.

The majority of people in emergency accommodation have experienced long term homelessness and have complex health needs such as mental and physical health issues. We will be providing a wide range of support services that include counselling, mental health, family violence and health and wellness services.

The H2H team brings together workers from various professional and personal backgrounds to address homelessness within an integrated care approach. Without adequate support, these vulnerable Victorians may struggle to find appropriate housing.

H2H is committed to providing sustainable outcomes that will improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness.

Referrals to the H2H program can be made via Regional Homelessness Emergency Accommodation Response Teams (HEART). If you have a current HEART worker, please discuss eligibility with them, alternatively contact your local access point on 1800 825 955.

Homes for Families

EACH Housing is proud to be partnering with Victorian Government in the delivery of the Homes for Families (H4F) program. This program will allow EACH Housing and Anglicare to work closely together in providing safe, affordable housing and support services to approximately 60 families across the southern suburbs of Melbourne.

State-wide, the H4F Program will provide up to 250 families with children experiencing homelessness who were residing in emergency accommodation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as at or on 25 October 2021 with access to stable medium- and long-term housing and integrated support packages.

Following Housing First principles, the primary aim of H4F is to house families as quickly as possible to prevent further harm from living in emergency accommodation. Securing a safe place to live means recovery can start, and support needs can be addressed.

Children in families experiencing homelessness are at increased risk of harm and have an increased likelihood of developing mental health issues, physical illness, post-traumatic stress, and related disorders. The H4F model of support aims to sustainably improve the safety, health, and well-being of a whole family and individual members of that family in an integrated and holistic way.

Many families in emergency accommodation have a broad range of support needs and are high service users across multiple systems.

Many families in emergency accommodation have a broad range of support needs and are high service users across multiple systems. Many have complex needs and have experienced long-term homelessness and disadvantage. H4F will provide the affordable housing and support they need to promote their health and wellbeing and prevent a return to rough sleeping.

Referrals to the H4F program can be made via Regional Homelessness Emergency Accommodation Response Teams (HEART). If you have a current HEART worker, please discuss eligibility with them, alternatively contact your local access point on 1800 825 955.