COVID-19 Update: We Are An Essential Community Service
Launch Housing has been classified as an essential community service and remains open during stage 3 restrictions in Victoria.
If you are at risk of, or experiencing homelessness please call 1800 825 955 to speak to a housing support worker for advice.
Anyone who is able to should contact homelessness services via phone rather than attending in person to minimise the risk of transmission.
Still, if you need to go to a homelessness access point our Collingwood, St Kilda and Cheltenham offices remain open and can provide a crisis response to your immediate accommodation needs and connect you to other support services.
Ivy didn’t plan to become homeless
“I ended up sleeping under a pier at the beach. I literally dug a hole and laid my sleeping bag in it. Accessing services on a normal day is so hard… There is no way in hell I would have lasted in this situation with coronavirus.” – Ivy
It’s bad enough to be homeless like Ivy…But now that the coronavirus pandemic has hit hard it’s terrifying.
The pandemic has proven one thing: anyone can be left without a roof over their head.
Once you end up on the streets, you immediately become more susceptible to coronavirus.
Right now, we are dealing with a new wave of homeless because of unemployment, rental stress and escalating domestic and family violence.
Ivy’s road to homelessness started in childhood. Due to family violence, trauma, and years of abuse Ivy was driven into homelessness.