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Help put youth homelessness to bed

Why Sleep At The ’G?

Every night in Victoria, there are more than 6,000 young people experiencing homelessness. In one of the world’s most liveable cities this isn’t good enough.

With only 127 emergency and crisis beds for young people in Victoria, our work to put youth homelessness to bed is as vital as ever.

Often through no fault of their own, many young people experiencing homelessness are there due to trauma like family breakdown and neglect, which we know has long-lasting effects on physical and mental health.

Without appropriate interventions, young people can become further entrenched in long-term homelessness and poverty.

On the night, you will gain a small glimpse of what it’s like to sleep rough, in support of the more than 6,000 young people experiencing homelessness every night in Victoria.

Sleep At The ’G is your chance to help MCM break the cycle of homelessness, supporting more young people to lead positive lives.

Who you're supporting

When a young person finds themselves with no secure place of their own, they can be vulnerable to abuse and violence (often the cause of homelessness in the first place). And over half will miss out on regular school.

Homelessness can happen to anyone.

Without support of organisations like MCM, young people experiencing homelessness can become trapped in a cycle of poverty, and lose all hope of reaching their full potential.

This shouldn’t be happening in the world’s most liveable city.

And it doesn't have to.

Because every story has something in common – the courage of a young person and their determination to create a better future for themselves.

Where your fundraising dollars will go

This year’s Sleep At The ’G fundraising target is our most ambitious yet. With your help, this year we aim to raise more than last year’s record of $1.2 million to help break the cycle of homelessness in Victoria and keep young people out of poverty.

Fundraising dollars will go towards ensuring MCM’s crisis accommodation centres are best suited to supporting more young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

2019 was our biggest Sleep At The ’G to date and we’re calling on you to help us smash last year’s record breaking event so we can achieve our vision to put youth homelessness to bed.

Last year’s sleepover drew more than 2,000 sleepers and raised more than $1.2 million to fund the redevelopment of Frontyard, MCM’s pioneering youth support service with 24-hour crisis accommodation in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

Since Frontyard opened its doors on 30 May 2019, it has supported hundreds of young people as part of its pioneering support model for young people experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless.  

You’ve shown us what can be achieved when our community comes together for one night to support such an ambitious vision. With your help at this year’s Sleep At The ’G, MCM can continue to create innovative solutions to help put youth homelessness to bed.

NOW is the time to make a difference

THIS is the opportunity for you to help someone get off the streets and rebuild their lives, their way. We’re calling out to you to show your solidarity with young people who are feeling left out, lonely and afraid because they have been let down by the people who should have cared for them the most. Young people experiencing homelessness are staring adulthood in the face - alone, in poverty, frightened, and at risk of falling into long-term, entrenched homelessness.

Everybody deserves a safe place to sleep, yet there are only 127 emergency and crisis accommodation beds in Melbourne available for young people. Your support is needed now more than ever. Register today.

Here's what your fundraising dollars can achieve

Every donation counts no matter the size and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Donate to a friend who is sleeping by visiting their fundraising page, or make a general donation to our appeal.

Your donations can go towards:


A life skills session


A personal care pack


An experiential therapy session


Stocking a refuge pantry


Clothing vouchers


Crisis accommodation for a night


A personal bedding package

Meet Jessica – just one of the many people you'll be supporting

Sleep At The 'G | 21 May 2020

What we have achieved together so far


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