A person's housing situation can have profound effects on their health and wellbeing. People can become homeless due to a variety of complex issues including loss of employment, family breakdown, mental health, domestic violence and family violence. A person is considered to be homeless when they do not have accommodation that is safe, secure and appropriate.
On the night of the 2011 Census, there were 380 people in Boroondara who were identified as homeless.
- Boroondara homelessness protocol: the Boroondara Homelessness Protocol has been prepared to help ensure that homeless people are treated appropriately and are offered relevant support services.
- Older women and homelessness project: the City of Boroondara, with the support of Monash University and in partnership with SalvoCare Eastern, undertook a three-stage research project on the experiences and issues that place older women (55 years and over) at risk of or homeless. The catalyst for the project was an increase in the number of older women seeking housing assistance in the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR), and in particular the municipality of Boroondara.
- The Boroondara registered rooming house subsidy: supports the private rooming house sector through a grants program providing one-off payments to operators to undertake projects, purchase equipment and ongoing property maintenance.
If you need help
SalvoCare Eastern provides a service to respond to people who are experiencing homelessness or housing crisis. For assistance, phone 9890 7144 (9-5pm Monday to Friday).
- If you require assistance after hours: phone Salvation Army Crisis Service on 1800 825 955.
- If you know someone who is experiencing family violence phone Safesteps on 1800 015 188.