Youth Housing Program

If you are experiencing homelessness call 1800 825 955 (freecall number, open 24/7) or contact us about our services and programs.

The Housing Service was brought under the wing of CHIRP Community Health in 2015, and now in its 30th year, the team continue to provide a quality response to people in housing crisis in the Mount Alexander Shire. Before joining CHIRP Community Health, the Housing Service was previously known as Castlemaine and District Accommodation and Resource Group (CADARG).

The Youth Housing Program provides intensive case management for young people under 25 years old who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

As a member of a regional network of Specialist Homelessness Services we assist young people with:

  • Youth specific accommodation options
  • Youth Caravan Program
  • Transitional Accommodation
  • Applications for the complex Social Housing process
  • Private Rental assistance with rent arrears, moving, bonds, rent in advance and tenancy advice
  • Emergency Accommodation
  • Advocacy, advice and referrals

We provide intensive case management to address a young person’s housing needs.  This may also include support in the areas of:

  • Family conflict
  • Family violence
  • Mental health
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Financial Issues
  • Legal issues

We work closely with other service providers such as schools, GPs, mental health providers, police and local real estate agents in the case management we provide for young people.

In addition, we work closely with the CHIRP Community Health’s Family Services team, the Allied Health team and Counselling Services to provide a holistic coordinated service.

Who is eligible?

This service is available for anyone residing in the Mount Alexander Shire under 25 years old experiencing housing issues.

What is the cost?

This is a free service.

How can I get more information?

To access this service, simply drop in or call CHIRP Community Health on (03) 5479 1000. You will be offered an initial assessment with our Intake team.  Young people 25 and under are allocated a case worker immediately.

Emergency accommodation options are usually available on the same day. Alternatively,  an after-hours number will be provided for potential emergency accommodation in the region where you currently are.

If you are a professional and would like to refer someone to this service, also call reception (03) 5479 1000 and our Intake team will make contact.

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