Stories

Albert's Story

Albert had never considered himself at risk of being homeless, but a combination of affordability and health issues showed him how quickly a secure situation can evaporate.Read More »

Kelly's Story

The experience of homelessness was completely unexpected for Kelly, a mother of five. Initially from Queensland, Kelly, her husband, and children moved to Melbourne in 2015 into a small granny-flat, until they were unable to continue paying the rent on a single low income.Read More »

Amjal's* story

Ajmal (23) came to Australia as a refugee from Iran. Previously, Ajmal ran a successful fruit stall business with his former partner at the Queen Victoria Market. Following a relationship breakdown, the fruit stall business failed, which left Ajmal in significant debt and subsequently resulted in him experiencing homelessness.Read More »

Shane's Story

Shane was homeless for almost four years until he found Launch Housing. Being homeless for that length of time is traumatic enough. And he lived through it all half blind. As you can imagine, this would make life very difficult.Read More »

Terry's Story

Terry turns 60 this year. He wants to make sure he never spends another birthday feeling anxious, isolated and desperate: separated from his kids and without a home. A successful rugby player, Terry travelled the world with his sport. Unfortunately, like many people Launch Housing works with, it took a change in fortune to cause Terry to become homeless.Read More »

Jacqui’s story of giving back

Since Year 8, helping others through volunteering has been a big part of Jacqui’s life. “I was involved for a couple of years at high school with a community environmental program. We’d occasionally go out and talk to primary schools about climate change, water management and bush fire dangers.”Read More »

Donovan’s Story

Homelessness crept up on Donovan when his low income resulted in getting behind the payment of gas bills during winter last year. Donovan was also struggling with an undiagnosed medical condition that had gone untreated for many years.Read More »

Katie’s Story: Mentoring for success

When at university, Katie Amanatidis regularly volunteered her free time mentoring other law students who were struggling. It was something she enjoyed doing. “I really like making people feel better. Sharing your experiences with someone else can give them a lot of strength. And it’s nice to think you can have a positive impact on their day.”Read More »

Elizabeth’s Story

Elizabeth has been receiving support through Launch Housing for the past three years. Through this time she has participated in a range of Launch Housing programs. Before coming to Launch Housing Elizabeth rented in Springvale for 7 years.Read More »

Nyakong and Daniel

After moving from place to place, Nyakong lived in a rooming house before staying with a friend for the final weeks of her pregnancy and after her son was born. Nyakong felt she had exhausted all options until she came to Launch Housing Cheltenham with her son Daniel on Christmas Eve.Read More »

Maricar and Jacob’s Story

Maricar hopes of a better life. She found love in Steve, a small business owner, and they planned to start a family. And while she faced a frightening breast cancer diagnosis during her pregnancy, she recovered, and both she and Jacob were healthy.Read More »

Lorina’s Story

Lorina, or Lee to her friends, is a respected member of inner-Melbourne’s indigenous community. She lives with her four school-aged children.Read More »