Homelessness

Homelessness in Brimbank

Homelessness takes many forms. It includes people living on the street or in cars (‘rough sleeping’), staying temporarily with other households (‘couch surfing’), or living in severely overcrowded dwellings. Brimbank has the highest incidence of homelessness in Melbourne’s west, and the largest number of people accessing specialist homelessness services in Victoria.

Council’s response to homelessness

Preventing and responding to homelessness is the responsibility of all levels of government. In late 2019, Council commissioned a research report into homelessness in Brimbank. The project aimed to address gaps in our local understanding of homelessness, and to clarify the role Council can play to improve outcomes.

The report’s recommendations have been compiled into an implementation plan, which is aligned with Council’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Strategy. The implementation plan includes actions focused on a range of topics, including advocacy, community education, Council protocols, information provision, and research and data collection.

Getting support

Western Metro Homelessness Services (formerly SASHS)

These organisations provide support to people experiencing homelessness.

WMHS is the primary assessment and intake point for the Brimbank-Melton area.

Frontyard Youth Services

Frontyard Youth Services provide support for young people (aged 16 to 24) experiencing homelessness.

  • Call 9977 0077 or 1800 800 531 or email frontyard@mcm.org.au

  • Located at 19 King Street, Melbourne
  • Open 9am-8pm weekdays, 10am-6pm weekends and public holidays (except Christmas Day)
  • Visit their website for more information 

St Kilda Crisis Centre (Salvation Army)

The St Kilda Crisis Centre provides after hours information and emergency accommodation for people experiencing an immediate homelessness crisis.

  • Call 1800 627 727

  • Located at 29 Grey Street, St Kilda
  • Open 9am-11pm, seven days per week (phone service always available)

Emergency relief

A range of organisations provide emergency relief in Brimbank, e.g. food parcels. The Department of Health and Human Services maintains an up-to-date list of service information, including emergency relief services in Brimbank:

Useful resources

The following websites provide further information and assistance:

More information

For more information on what Council is doing to respond to homelessness in Brimbank, please contact our Social Policy Officer on (03) 9249 4000 or email info@brimbank.vic.gov.au