Stay at home measures are not possible for people who are homeless and this puts them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. Many others, due to job losses and inability to pay rent or meet mortgage repayments, are now at risk of becoming homeless.
The Victorian Government has provided an extra $6 million to assist Victorian homeless organisations with the resources to provide more temporary housing for the increased numbers of homeless people. In addition to this funding, alternative pop-up accommodation will be established for homeless people requiring quarantine or self-isolation.
Barwon Health provides a service to support people with a severe mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. In order to access their Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Service (HOPS) you need to be referred via Barwon Health Mental Health Services
You can call Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Service on 1300 094 187
SalvoConnect Housing assists those in housing crisis and the homeless to establish a secure home environment through the provision of transitional accommodation, financial assistance, intervention and advocacy. You can call SalvoConnect on 1800 825 955 for emergency accommodation enquiries or visit SalvoConnect
Barwon Child, Youth and Family housing and support services provides assistance for homeless youth and those at risk of homelessness. Call them on 03 5226 8900 or visit BCYF
You can call the DHHS Crisis accommodation service (24 hours): 1800 825 955 or Towards Home+ Geelong: 1300 275 811 for emergency accommodation.
The Labor Government is making sure public housing communities have the latest information and advice about COVID-19 to help slow the spread of the virus amongst residents – including putting extra staff on the ground in the 13 estates which mainly house elderly tenants, who are particularly susceptible to the virus.
Security, essential maintenance and cleaning service providers are increasing preventative measures across all public housing estates – performing additional cleaning of communal areas, providing anti-bacterial sanitiser, and advising staff on how they can safely maintain service delivery.
For more information visit public housing