A turning point

For many people, homelessness is unexpected and sudden. Research shows that in 2016–17, 46.4% of Anchor clients had not been homeless in the 6 months prior to accessing our services.

The reasons why people become homeless are many and varied. Often, just a few small incidents can snowball, and people suddenly find themselves in housing crisis.

3 steps away from homelessness

3 steps away from homelessness

Megan’s story: ‘I think the stigma behind homelessness has got to change…’

It all points to home

At Anchor, we work with people to find the right pathways to suit them and get the housing support they need.

Our assistance ranges from finding emergency housing to helping people transition to long-term, sustainable housing. We work with people wherever they are on their housing journey, including rough sleepers, people needing food assistance, and those seeking permanent accommodation.

Our services are available to people from all ages and stages of life. We also offer extra support to help people get back on track, such as additional service referrals and our Building Brighter Beginnings playgroup.

AIHW Specialist Homelessness Services Report 2014–15, Victorian supplementary tables.

In 2017-2018 Anchor provided


bed nights


case plans


clients assisted in private rental brokerage

A Victim of Family Violence…

Jane* is a young woman who had been a victim of family violence and needed a new home.

With Anchor’s assistance, she found and secured a private rental property, but needed assistance get herself set up.

Anchor’s Private Rental Brokerage provided rent in advance as well as some funding for basic household items. Additionally, the worker and Jane* visited the Eastern Emergency Relief Network and were given some furniture and linen. Jane* stated that she was very thankful to Anchor for the assistance provided and is now looking forward to continuing her education and setting goals for the future.

*Names have been changed to protect the identities

A Victim of Family Violence…