Youth Housing Options Program
The Youth Housing Options Program (YHOP) is a collaborative project between Hume Community Housing Association and CORE Community Services, which aims to support young people*, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness**. This three-day training course provides a casual and engaging space for young people to bring their existing knowledge and build their capacity to seek and sustain stable housing and independent living.
YHOP innovative and energetic workshops focus on building capacity in young people to be more confident and capable to:
- understand the various housing options available to young people
- source and maintain long term accommodation in either the social or private housing market
- understand and appreciate the benefit of share housing
- understand a tenant's rights and responsibilities
- exit specialist homelessness services
- understand the reality of common issues young people face in the housing market and how to overcome these barriers
We understand that young people need to feel ready and willing to get the most out of any training course, as such, YHOP has a return customer policy which encourages any young people who drop out for any reason to re-enter the workshops at any time when they feel ready again.
After the workshops, YHOP Coordinator Alison will meet with the referring service and the young person, to ensure that the goals and knowledge gained in YHOP continues to be supported in their regular case plan.
Young people are also encouraged to stay connected and get up to date housing information, employment and engagement opportunities and access to the YHOP Coordinator for tailored support via the YHOP Facebook Page.
*Young people must be aged 15 to 24 and living in/or being supported by a service based in Fairfield, Liverpool, Camden, Wollondilly or Wingecarribee
** currently living in in a dwelling that is inadequate and/or is unsafe; is short-term and not extendable; does not afford them any personal space such as sleeping on a couch; are sleeping rough; and do not have suitable alternative accommodation.
Here is what some recent YHOP participants had to say about YHOP:
"It was more insightful than I was expecting and offered great information about youth housing options. It was well thought out and very organised. It's definitely something helpful to those who aren't sure about their tenancy rights and their options for housing. And the pizza was great too!" - Naua age 17
"It was worth waking up early for the workshops as they were awesome. They are fun and serious all at the same time and fun activities to participate in... it was extremely helpful and wouldn't say no to going again." - Shantelle age 22
"It gives you the knowledge what to look for when you apply for a house, and make sure you do your research for when you inspect a house. I had so much fun with Alison, Colin and fellow class mates and I will do it again." - Jennifer age 21
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