Youth Programs & Services
Running Start is a unique and proactive approach to working with young people leaving the out of home care system to access independent living. A consortia approach will deliver improved access to housing as well as guidance and support services to young people leaving state care.
About Running Start
One of the biggest challenges facing young people leaving state care is finding sustainable accommodation and the support and guidance to make what can be a stressful transition to independent living. Without appropriate support many end up facing homelessness.
Running Start – a partnership between CPS, Berry Street, Council to Homeless Persons (CHP), Launch Housing and Department of Health & Human Services – aims to fill this need in the community.
Commencing last year, Running Start entails CHP accessing a rental subsidy via funding from Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd. Meanwhile, Launch Housing assists with identifying affordable rental options.
Running Start receives referrals via agencies such as Vincentcare, Mackillop Family Services, Melbourne City Mission, Anglicare and Berry Street (who are a part of the Running Start consortium), in addition to other services and self-referrals.
Clients receive individualised case management within a flexible service delivery model with levels of support tailored to the young person’s needs. Together this alliance is structured so that eligible young people (17 – 22yo and living in the Northern Suburbs) can begin their adult journey with the safety and empowerment of a stable, independent living arrangement.
For more information about Running Start please contact CPS at email@example.com or call (03) 9450 0900