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Models for policy and practice. Melbourne City Mission is often asked why young people choose to become homeless, or whether young people choose homelessness as a lifestyle. While we know that the underlying causes of family breakdown are complex, we wanted to articulate that complexity in a way that could be understood in the wider community. This research investigates how family conflict relates to, and impacts on, youth homelessness.
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Melbourne City Mission commissioned the Australian Catholic University’s Institute of Child Protection Studies to conduct research on the relationship between family conflict and youth homelessness. The purpose of the research is to support improved approaches to working with young people and their families to resolve family conflict and prevent homelessness. To do so, it investigated how family conflict relates to, and impacts on, youth homelessness.
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The Melbourne Apartments Project (MAP) is a 34-unit development in North Melbourne. MAP enabled social housing tenants to transition into home ownership and created vacancies in social housing for new households currently on the waiting list. MAP was undertaken by the Barnett Foundation with the support of Melbourne City Mission. Together with City of Melbourne, Melbourne City Mission commissioned the University of Melbourne to evaluate the outcome and scalability of the MAP.
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The Melbourne Apartments Project (MAP) is an innovative housing model developed in partnership with Melbourne City Mission and a leading developer. With the support of City of Melbourne and Resilient Melbourne, the University of Melbourne have evaluated the costs and benefits of the MAP. This Phase One report finds the government receives $2.19 in benefits for every $1 of costs. The Phase Two report – exploring the lived experience of social housing tenants moving into the MAP development – will be released in August.
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This submission focuses on strategies to improve the effectiveness of career advice activities for school leavers, particularly young people who experience disadvantage and barriers to engaging in mainstream education.