Inclusion

Data and anecdotal evidence confirm systemic settings do not enable existing services to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness on the Mornington Peninsula, people who are completely excluded from community participation.

MPF has responded to local people and organisations over the last four years by funding what they have said is required. This covers services in crisis, assertive outreach case management and prevention, on both the Western Port and Southern Peninsula sides.

MPF’s most significant support has been of small, local organisations, who have flexibility and insight to do what is needed, not what is funded.

SPLASH (Southern Peninsula Laundry and Shower) and Homeless Connections are run by the Southern Peninsula Community Support Centre.

SPLASH provides biweekly connection on the Rosebud foreshore for people who are rough sleeping, in rooming houses, in cars, etc. With a meal and opportunity to shower and wash clothes, the program offers personal connection for people who are often intensely isolated.

Homeless Connections

extends the connections made at SPLASH through intensive case management, providing a wide range of support as required by each client, integrated with other services. The collaboration driven by the local workers is a key element of the success of this work, as is the client led approach. As a small, nimble agency, staff are able to respond to specific needs and navigate the system to achieve maximum outcomes.

 

Western Port Housing and Homelessness 

is a local service in Hastings provided through the Western Port Community Support Centre. The Centre provides emergency relief as well as in house services including housing and family support.

MPF involvement started with a pilot to see what small amounts of specifically targeted funds could do to prevent people at risk of homelessness from becoming so. Impressive data collection and outcomes led to the growth of the service.

The program now encompasses prevention, crisis intervention and case management and is the only housing program on this side of the Peninsula. Over 500 people and their family members have been supported through this work.

SAFE Peninsula (Secure Accommodation for Everyone) is provided by New Pen Community Care and is focused on prevention.

When people are at risk of becoming homeless but have capacity to participate in the private rental market, they are supported through an early intervention mediation service that addresses issues before they escalate. To date 175 individuals and families have been supported with 89% retaining stable, secure housing. Many of these people would otherwise have descended into the crisis service system, where demand already well outstrips supply and where the potential to remain in crisis rather than regaining independence increases in line with the time in crisis

This work now includes employment support.

MPF is a Public Benevolent Institution with Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 tax status. All donations are tax deductible. As all operational costs are covered by the George Hicks Foundation, 100% of donations are distributed as community grants.