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  • A service for people aged 12 to 24 at risk of or recently experiencing homelessness.
  • Support to stabilise current housing and/or explore other housing options.
  • Intensive support from Youth Coaches to develop skills and achieve goals.

Sometimes it’s not possible for someone to stay at home with family. When a young person is dealing with problems at home and needs to leave or has recently left, they need a secure place to live.

Detour provides access to a range of resources and intensive support aimed at strengthening family and social networks and enhancing life opportunities.

We work with young people who have connections in the CBD, Western Metro Melbourne, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and Greater Shepparton areas.

The Detour team can:

  • provide case management/coaching support to young people, their families and significant others
  • work with young people to create a plan that will assist them in achieving their goals
  • support families to explore and develop effective communication strategies and can offer family mediation and links to counselling and community support
  • provide information, support and skill development to enable young people to explore share housing and private rental options
  • strengthen the young person’s existing networks (e.g. family, friends, and extended family)
  • assist with education and employment
  • work in partnership with Headspace, DHHS, Centrelink, schools, Kids Under Cover and other local services

Accessing the service

To access Detour, please contact your local number Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and speak with the duty worker who will complete an initial assessment.

Region Contact number  
Western Melbourne and CBD  1800 338 687   
Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas
1800 474 993  
Shepparton area
03 5831 6157  

Melbourne City Mission works in partnership with Uniting and Kids Under Cover.

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