Partner for Change
As one of Melbourne’s largest NFP organisations tackling homelessness, Launch Housing offers many ways for organisations big and small to add value, engage staff, and create impact. From major brands to emerging social enterprises, Launch Housing works in close partnership to find bespoke solutions.
Energy Australia and Launch Housing: changing the power
The statistics are confronting. Currently, domestic violence is the leading preventable contributor to death, disability and illness in women aged 15-44 years. Family violence is the leading cause of homelessness in Australia. Energy Australia’s staff choose to support Launch Housing as part of their workplace giving program. Together, we believe housing is a basic human right that affords people dignity. Everyone has a right to a home and it’s our job to make that happen. Energy Australia have provided direct support to hundreds of women and children escaping family violence and rebuilding a new life.
REA Group and Launch Housing building shared value
REA group and Launch Housing embody the principles of genuine partnership with multiple levels of support, activities and genuine social impact through the National Rapid Rehousing Fund we created together in 2014. The Fund supports women and children at risk of experiencing homelessness as a result of family violence. From supporting Launch Housing’s social enterprise HomeGround Real Estate, to providing skilled volunteers, to building Ikea furniture for families in need via the REA employee induction program. Most importantly, since commencement, the Fund has assisted 4,034 individuals, and 1,377 households including 2,259 children escape family violence.
NAB and Launch Housing: skilled volunteering is just the start
Thanks to NAB’s in-depth skilled volunteering program, Launch Housing could access experience, ideas and skills to create a new business strategy for HomeGround Real Estate, Launch Housing’s social enterprise.
From ‘Operation Plum Pudding,’ a staff driven initiative to help those without a home to enjoy Christmas, to NAB committing to be the first Australian bank to lend at scale to crisis accommodation providers, NAB shares our mission to ending homelessness genuine gestures of kindness both big and small.
Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre: helping vulnerable young people
There is a longstanding history between MCEC and Launch Housing. The land that MCEC stands on today was home to Hanover’s New Gordon House from 1976-1994 (a proud precursor to Launch Housing). Fast forward to current day and our partnership is going from strength to strength with the MCEC Launch Housing Employment Program. The program provides casual work opportunities for our youth clients that are living in the Education First Youth Foyers (EFY). It’s seen many at-risk young people work across MCEC’s kitchen, retail and customer service teams, providing employment opportunities while they finish their studies. It’s an amazing, and impactful partnership that ensures young people develop confidence, experience and transferable skills to high industry standards.
Society Melbourne and Launch Housing: one coffee at a time
Society Melbourne is a social enterprise with the vision of eliminating youth homelessness in Australia. Dedicated to this purpose, 100% of profits from their four social enterprises – Crêpes for Change, Coffee Cart Changing Lives, home.one & home.two – go towards helping young people escape the cycle of homelessness. Society Melbourne works closely with young people experiencing homelessness and empowers them to break the homelessness cycle themselves. In addition to the Hospitality Training Program, Society Melbourne’s partnership with Launch Housing helps provide sustainable housing solutions and a rent subsidy program allowing young people exiting Launch Housing’s EFY Foyer program to enter the rental market.
Rotary, Club of Melbourne: turning houses into homes
Rotary, Melbourne is the largest club in Australia and was established way back in April 1921. Fast forward to today and the club has an incredible network galvanised to build a better world. The Make a House a Home project provides essential supplies to vulnerable people moving into a house, often for the first time. Everything from kettles to saucepans, a toaster to a bathmat is provided. There’s nothing like putting the kettle on and making your own cup of tea to say ‘welcome home’.
Social Bums and Launch Housing: on a roll!
Social Bums is a socially conscious business supporting the homeless by offering a tree free toilet paper alternative to small and big businesses. By choosing Social Bums as your preferred toilet paper supplier, you are choosing to support your community. Fifty percent of all profits are donated to Launch Housing and Orange Sky. Together, we can make a difference to both our environment and homelessness in Australia through small changes in the way we purchase our products.
Community Kindness in Tough Times
Since March, RACV has kindly donated approximately 16,000 meals to help at-risk youth, families and women across Launch Housing’s site in Melbourne.
During the COVID-19 shutdown they have support us and other community organisations in difficult and uncertain times.
It’s been an incredibly challenging time for our clients and our frontline support workers have gone above and beyond to continue to help those in urgent need of essential food.
Launch Housing’s Andrew D’Arcy gives a bit of insight into how these emergency goods are helping disadvantaged people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness in the community.