Youth Development

Every young person deserves a safe and secure home to grow up in.

Anchor’s integrated approach addresses often complex needs and circumstances so that young people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, can learn, develop and thrive.

Services for youth and families

We help find different types of accommodation and support for people including families with young children, youth that sleep rough, and youth who couch surf and are at risk of homelessness.

Our approach is based on the Foyer model, which integrates housing assistance with other support services, education, employment and life skills. By equipping people with the tools to stay on track for the long-term, we’re working to break the cycle of disadvantage.

LP’s Story

‘LP’ left the family home due to relationship breakdown. When he was 16 he entered one of our foyer like properties where he learnt the life skills he needed to live independently.

During the time LP was with Anchor he completed a traineeship and has been in regular employment for over four years. We also helped him source funding for driving lessons and obtain his driving licence.

‘I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Anchor.’

The most dominant form of homelessness for young Australians is couch surfing, where young people move between the homes of their friends, acquaintances or family members, without any real security of tenure and in a constant search for the next place to stay.

Brighter Futures

Brighter Futures Outer East connects young people who have experienced out-of-home care with community members who support their goals.

We are proud to be the lead agency for this pilot, working alongside key partners including CREATE Foundation and the Brotherhood of St Laurence, plus over 30 local businesses and groups. Our diverse group of community partners are making important connections across Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges council areas.

Brighter Futures has shown our approach works for young people in addition to enriching local communities through greater social inclusion, intergenerational contact and participation. We’re creating a new blueprint for supporting young people leaving out-of-home care.

For more information, please refer to the Brighter Futures Outer East website.

Private Rental Brokerage

The Private Rental Brokerage Program is a Creating Connection program which is funded by the State Government under the Youth Housing Action Plan 2.

The PRBP aims to support young people who are ready to live independently in a share-house or private tenancy. The PRBP can assist young people with their applications for private rental tenancies (including subletting share-house options), understanding their rights and responsibilities in regards to private rental tenancies, budgeting and brokerage toward rent in advance or whitegoods/ essential household goods to establish a tenancy.

The Private Rental Brokerage Program is managed by Family Access Network (FAN) and Anchor Inc.

Family Reconciliation

Our family reconciliation program provides counselling for families with young people between the ages of 15-25 years to resolve present and past conflict. We work alongside families to rebuild relationships through regular therapy sessions.

Breakpoint - Research Results

30%

first ran away during primary school

71%

first left home due to family conflict

50%

never considered themselves homeless when staying with others short-term
The Couch Surfing Secondary Students (CSSS): Yarra Ranges Youth Homelessness Prevention Project ­– a joint research partnership between Anchor, the Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network, Swinburne University and the University of Western Australia Centre for Social Impact.

Support for Young Families

Anchor offers the Support for Young Families Program for single mothers (18 to 25 years old) and their children. This accommodation program supports women, giving them the chance to change their life trajectory, while raising their babies and young children in a safe, stable and nurturing environment.

This program has given me the amazing opportunity to live independently and raise my daughter, while providing such a warm and friendly environment that I love being a part of!

K, Support for Young Families tenant