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!

Best wishes for the festive season!

Our ‘Opening Doors’ team will be open tomorrow (Monday) 9.00- 5.00, with last minute pantry items (some limited gifts also available) for local families. You can call us on 9760 6400, or drop in at Jarlo Drive Lilydale (above the library).

Food donations for local families

If you are looking for a way to help someone this holiday season, here is a quick & easy idea! Grab a “blue bag” and fill it with groceries that we can pass on to a local family. The food doesn’t have to be festive or fancy, but items that can help create simple meals are great (no perishables please). Bags can be dropped at our offices or at our outreach posts (feel free to message us for more details). We would love to receive 20 bags, to help us support people throughout the holidays- Can you help us by providing one?

Outreach back at Warburton

We are excited to have returned to the ADRA Redwood Community Centre for outreach appointments!
If you are experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness around the Yarra Valley, we are here to offer support and advice.
Just give us a ring on 9760 6400 and let us know if you’d prefer to see us at Lilydale, Warburton, Healesivlle or Yarra Junction.

Not in our area….

“Not in our area”… “We don’t have homeless people like in the city”… Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Our community have many people experiencing homelessness. Lack of affordable housing continues to force local residents to find alternative places to sleep. Anchor provides outreach to those doing it rough in our community; making connections, listening to everyone’s stories and offering assistance and support.

Myer Eastland donations

Thanks yet again to the wonderful team at Myer Eastland for their ongoing generosity! We had a great visit from Stephanie (Store Manager) and Steph (fundraising queen) this morning,
dropping off a bunch of toiletries and hand knitted baby booties that will be passed on to the many families we support through our Housing Support Services at Lilydale.

Thank you St Kilda Mums!

Thanks to St Kilda Mums for assisting Leanne and Michael today. These goodies are already on their way to some of our community’s newest arrivals!

Homelessness Week 2018

Today marks the beginning of Homelessness Week 2018. We will be taking this opportunity to raise awareness of the issues currently affecting our community.
The leading causes of homelessness are:
* Domestic and family violence, & relationship breakdown;
* Housing crisis including a lack of accomodation options, and inadequate or inappropriate dwellings; and
* Financial difficulties and housing affordability stress.
If you are experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness in the Yarra Ranges Shire, please call us on 9760 6400 to make an appointment to see us at Lilydale, or our outreach sessions at Yarra Junction and Healesville.
Anchor’s ‘Opening Doors’ service offers housing information and can refer to local services.