Thanks to Sarah!

A huge thanks to our most recent supporter!
Sarah and her friends have collected items to be distributed by local groups. With Mothers Day coming up, these handbags will make great presents for some of the women we are working with. Sarah is proof that one person can make a huge difference to the community! Thank you!

Local support available

If you receive financial support from Centrelink, you may notice changes to your payments due to the Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays. For more details please see the Department of Human Services website: www.humanservices.gov.au/individua…/public-holiday-reporting

If you are finding these changes have had an effect on your household, there are many local groups and organisations that can offer some assistance- Material Aid_matrix (We recommend that you call ahead whenever possible.)

Yarra Ranges Life TV at YHMD2019

Thanks to Yarra Ranges Life TV for their coverage of our Youth Homelessness Matters Day event. Check out the video here.

Thank you to Neal at Holy Fools and Bill Brindle (Labor for Casey) for the great interviews. Hopefully this event helps draw attention to the issue of homelessness in our community.   #YHMD2019

A safe place for young mothers

Anchor offers the Hazel Hams Homes accommodation program for single mothers (18 to 25 years old). We support young women to give them the chance to change their life trajectory, while raising their babies and young children in a safe, stable and nurturing environment.

Since the program’s opening in January 2017 we have continued to see positive outcomes for all of the young families involved. We thank our ongoing supporters that assist us to cover the costs of this independent project (as we have not received any government funding).

Bridget Vallence MP- Member for Evelyn

Thanks to Bridget Vallence MP- Member for Evelyn for meeting with Heidi and Mark.

We love being able to raise awareness about the needs of our community and the many ways we offer support.
If you’d like to learn more about Anchor Inc give us a call on 8761 9040, or send us a message.

Pantry donations needed!

Due to increased demand our pantry supplies are at an all time low.
We have an immediate need for any non-perishable items, particularly UHT milk, baked beans, tinned spaghetti and tuna.
If you are able to donate, please drop goods to our Housing Support Team at Jarlo Drive in Lilydale (level 2- above the library).
Thank you on behalf of the many locals you will be helping us support!
(If you require food or housing assistance, please contact our team on 9760 6400)

Housing Support strategic goal update

We are now well into our first year of Anchor’s 2018- 2021 Strategic Plan!

Our Tiny Homes Australia project, the Rapid Response program (in conjunction with Yarra Ranges Council) and supporting Stable One, are all examples of our commitment to being a catalyst for the development of housing for vulnerable people.
Our community continues to feel the effects of limited social and affordable housing. We know that more people than ever don’t have a safe and stable place to live.
We’re looking forward to continuing our work with other organisations, businesses and individuals to find solutions to the current housing crisis.
If you’d like more information on our Housing Support Services, please check out our website: http://www.anchor.org.au/housing-and-support-services/

Homelessness increasing (2016 Census)

We know that these numbers keep growing. More people than ever are experiencing homelessness.

Victoria’s housing crisis (including a lack of safe, affordable accommodation) and family violence are the top causes of homelessness.
To learn more, check out VincentCare‘s research that helps break down some of the housing challenges facing our communities (https://vincentcare.org.au/…/housing-hom…/about-homelessness).

Tiny Homes launch in 2019

2019 is going to be the year that we launch our Tiny Homes to help address the local housing crisis!

We are receiving great support from a number of businesses, but we still have a way to go to deliver these homes. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to get these homes built sooner, please head to our website: http://www.anchor.org.au/tiny-homes-homeless/

Thank you City Life!

Our teams have been extremely busy spreading Christmas cheer over the past couple of weeks. Thanks to the generosity of everyone at City Life Church we have been able to bring joy to many local children, who may otherwise not have received a gift this year. Thank you City Life for your ongoing support. Merry Christmas!