Launch Housing News Autumn 2017
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Dear supporters,


Thank you for your ongoing interest and support of our work.

It is hugely appreciated and makes a very real impact on some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

We’re continuing to grow and evolve in what is a precarious and rapidly changing environment. Our ability to respond in a flexible and agile way ensures we continue to provide the best service we can to people experiencing homelessness.

In this edition you’ll find a range of stories about how your support truly matters to the thousands of people experiencing homelessness who we support every year.

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Lindel’s story: Life at an Education First Youth Foyer

Lindel is 22 and a student at one of the two Education First Youth Foyers we’ve opened in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence - Holmesglen Foyer, based at Holmesglen Institute’s Waverley campus, and Kangan Foyer, based at the Kangan Institute, Broadmeadows.

Funded by the State Government of Victoria, the Foyers are the first in Victoria to be co-located with TAFEs. Their aim is to help address the fact that of the 4,000 young people who are homeless on any given night in Victoria, over 50 per cent are not involved in education or employment.

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Thank you

Thank you to everyone who donated during the festive season in support of people like Shane (pictured). Shane was keen to make sure that the money raised helped other people who went through what he did.

Since we shared his story with you, Shane has reported that he is happier, healthier, more positive and much more confident, which was wonderful to hear.

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Launch Housing’s first Annual Report is now available.

Read about the incredible first year of our organisation online or contact our office on 9288 9600 to request a copy.

Portable Housing project to take off in Melbourne’s West

In a first of a kind collaboration, 57 new affordable one bedroom homes will be located on vacant land in Melbourne’s inner west, providing stable housing for people who have been priced out of the private rental market.

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Your feedback

You may recall that we included a feedback survey in our last (Spring 2016) edition of Launch News. Many thanks for your responses, which are very useful in continuing to build on our engagement with you. It is clear from the volume and quality of responses, and the encouragement we have received from you that we are very fortunate to have such a committed and generous group of people supporting the work of Launch Housing.

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Frequent Service Users Project: 12 month report

Launch Housing currently delivers numerous programs that specifically support people who have experienced long term homelessness or are currently sleeping rough. In 2015 when we merged the databases of the two former organisations that created Launch Housing we found that there was a group of frequent service users – people who used our services regularly, but for some reason were unable to sustain housing and kept returning to the homelessness system.

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Program spotlight: ATO ruling gives tax break to landlords who list with HomeGround Real Estate

Our social enterprise HomeGround Real Estate has achieved a class ruling from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) that enables a tax break for landlords who lease their properties through HomeGround Real Estate.

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Launch Housing’s blog

Have you been following Launch Housing’s new blog? Learn about our latest research, hear from our staff and volunteers, and keep up to date with the latest policy changes. Visit

Permanent Supportive Housing research

Launch Housing has been involved in a new study conducted by researchers from Royal Melbourne Hospital highlighting the benefits of permanent supportive housing in ending homelessness for people living with a psychotic illness and reducing their use of mental health inpatient units.

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We’d love to hear from you

We’re always interested in your thoughts, compliments and feedback on our newsletters, appeals and website. If you would like to share some feedback please contact our Communications and Development team at or free call 1800 720 660.
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