Abbeyfield Australia  (03) 9419 8222, email admin@abbeyfield.org.au
Abbeyfield Australia is a national not-for-profit community housing provider and the peak body representing 26 independent Abbeyfield Societies in towns and suburb across Australia. Abbeyfield Australia currently provides three types of affordable accommodation:

  • assisted independent living for adults with mild intellectual disabilities
  • ‘low care’ (Hostel) aged care accommodation
  • assisted independent living for those aged 55+.

More accommodation models are being developed in conjunction with local communities to meet local community needs.

Department of Health and Human Services 1300 650 172 delivers public housing assistance and tenancy management services through a network of housing offices across Victoria.  For information on or access to our services, contact your local office (link is external) during business hours or visit http://www.housing.vic.gov.au

Hanover Housing and Support Services
Hanover has developed a range of flexible, specialist accommodation and support services directly assisting over 6,500 Victorians every year.  The service works to provide the right mix of housing and support where and when it is needed by individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This means tailoring their response by providing services and support programs to best meet someone’s needs.

Hanover provides emergency accommodation, material aid and personal support to those who literally have nowhere else to go.  They provide a range of housing services including crisis, transistional and long-term housing.  Crisis accommodation centres are located at Southbank, East St Kilda, South Melbourne and Dandenong.  Hanover also manages 260 transistional housing properties and provides or co-ordinates support for people experiencing homelessness to get long term, stable housing. Hanover also has a number of long term properties, ranging from apartments and bed-sits, to units and houses.

Hanover’s outreach team, based at Fitzroy, supports people who sleep rough on the streets, in parks, derelict buildings and other improvised shelters.

Hanover provides services to people experiencing housing crisis and homelessness from eight sites across metropolitan Melbourne. Our administration office is based at Southbank.

Click on the links below for phone, email and address details and information on the services provided at each site.

The Haven Foundation 9867 1992, PO Box 7499 St Kilda Road, Victoria 8004, havenfoundation@bigpond.com provides an opportunity for people with serious mental illness to live independently within a communal environment.   www.havenfoundation.org.au

HomeGround Services St Kilda  9537 7711 provides housing and support services across Melbourne, developing innovative housing models, advocating for systems change and researching the causes and solutions to homelessness.  www.homeground.org.au

Housing Choices Australia – Long Term Affordable Housing 1300 312 447

Housing Choices Australia manages long term housing properties throughout Victoria for people on low and fixed incomes and those with specific housing needs, such as people with a disability.

  • The organisation works with individuals, families, support agencies and government to meet specific housing needs
  • Rents are usually set at the start of the tenancy at a rate not exceeding 75% of market rent and not exceeding 30% of household income
  • Allocation of properties is in accordance with household size to ensure an appropriate fit
  • Properties range from apartments to houses. Most apartments are located within inner city areas and comprise one and two bedroom layouts. Houses and units are primarily in outer suburban areas and can have 1-4 bedrooms.

Mental Illness Fellowship 8486 4200 provides a medium to long term Residential Rehabilitation Program for people with a mental illness at Opening Doors (formerly Rossdale) in Alma Road, East St Kilda.  This program is linked to the Alma Road Continuing Care Units.  www.mifellowship.org

Mind  1300 286 463 (1300 AT MIND), Mind Central Office, PO Box 592, Heidelberg Vic 3084
Residential Services
Mind Australia provides four types of residential services from short to long stay services. Residential services are provided in a home like setting. These services are provided for people who require a residential environment to support them in addressing their recovery and well-being goals, due to their mental health issues or social circumstances. Our aim is to support each client to gain the confidence and skills to live independently in the community.

Residential Rehabilitation Services

Mind Residential Rehabilitation Services offer residential environments for people aged between 16 and 64 who have a mental health problem and need additional support. The residential experience enables people to work on their personal recovery and optimise their capacity to live independently in the community.

When people leave a residential service, they are supported to settle into their chosen living arrangements and to consolidate the skills they have learnt to manage health fluctuations and maintain their well-being.

PARCS (Prevention and Recovery Care Service)
A PARCS is a short term (up to 28 days) recovery focused residential service for people who are either leaving acute mental health care, or who would benefit from 24 hour support to avoid a hospital admission.

Mind operates Adult PARCS in Bendigo, Broadmeadows, Ringwood and Narre Warren; Youth PARCS in Frankston, Bendigo and Dandenong; and Extended PARCS in Narre Warren.

Supported Accommodation Services
Mind Australia’s supported accommodation services provide long-term residential accommodation in a home-like environment who have experienced severe mental health issues and who require on-going support in their daily lives. Mind’s aim is to provide residents with a client centred service that promotes independence and recovery.

A team of support workers provides outreach support to the residents. They work with each person individually to develop a recovery plan to assist them to achieve their goals. This can include building their skills and confidence in the tasks of daily living. In some services, nutritious meals and cleaning are provided. In other services, residents undertake these tasks themselves. Staff can advise of the range of assistance that is available in various services.

When people leave a residential service, they are supported to settle into their chosen living arrangements and to consolidate the skills they have learnt to manage health fluctuations and maintain their well-being.

Movable Units are fully self contained units that can be set up in the backyard of a friend or relative’s home.  The Department of Human Services provides movable units as a rental accommodation option and they are considered a form of public housing.  For more information visit http://www.housing.vic.gov.au/movable-units

Prahran Malvern Community Housing Inc  9826 5194. Shop 2, 1 Surrey Road South Yarra 3141.  The agency provides affordable accommodation for people on low incomes, and aims to ensure long term viability of tenancies by linking tenants to support services where required.

South Port Community Housing Group 9696 1128 – 9.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Community rooming houses in South and Port Melbourne.  www.spchg.org.au/

Statewide Women’s Community Housing Service 9387 1033, 711 Nicholson Street, North Carlton – 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday. Transitional housing and vacancy information and referral for women, young women and their dependants.

St Kilda Rooming House Issues Group 9534 1809 – 9.3oam – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.  Community rooming houses in St Kilda.

Supported Residential Services (SRS)  SRSs are private businesses that provide accommodation and personal care. This care usually includes assistance with showering, personal hygiene, toileting, dressing, meals and medication, as well as physical and emotional support. Some SRS also provide nursing or allied health services. Call the Department of Health Southern Metropolitan regional office on 8765 5444 for more information or visit www.health.vic.gov.au/srs/about/

Supported Residential Service Outreach Team (managed by Inner South Community Health Service) 9528 800,  provides a range of supports to residents of pension-level Supported Residential Services, Rooming Houses and Caravan Parks, including physiotherapy, podiatry, personal care and equity and access.  www.ischs.org.au

The St Kilda Housing Association 9534 5837 – 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Community rooming houses and long term accommodation in St Kilda.