Why Sleep at the 'G?

Can you imagine being a teenager with no safe place to call home?

Being homeless is traumatic – and often dangerous. Yet it’s the reality for over 6,000 young people in Victoria right now.

They have no secure place of their own, and are often forced into unsafe housing, sleeping on someone’s couch – or in some cases, out on the street. In one of the world’s most liveable cities, we know you’ll agree this is not okay.

Sleep at the ’G is your chance to do something about it!

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 Melbourne City Mission, 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.

With your support, we can help make that happen

Your donations will help Melbourne City Mission provide young people experiencing homelessness with the opportunities and support they need to:

  • Find housing: in temporary accommodation, transitional housing or return home (when it’s safe to do so).
  • Rebuild their lives: reconnect with school and, family, get mental health support, develop living skills, and plan their future.
  • Know they matter: it sounds simple, but supporting a young person to believe in themselves is the foundation of a successful life.

Where your fundraising dollars will go

Our target this year is $1.2 million to support our ambitious vision to end youth homelessness.

The funds you raise this year will go towards building Australia's first ever fully integrated response to youth homelessness; a 24/7 youth crisis accommodation centre.

Based on King Street, the centre will provide emergency accommodation along with housing, health, education and employment support all under the same roof, which will support young people to break the cycle of homelessness and prevent them from falling into long term adult homelessness.

It means that young people at risk of homelessness will have even more support when times are tough.

So we're asking you to help us out - call on your mates, colleagues and managers to donate as much as possible so that together, we can make a real difference.

Make a donation today

Help put youth homelessness to bed. You can sponsor a friend or a team who are sleeping or simply show your support and donate to the cause.

Every donation counts no matter the size, and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

$35 helps a young person attend a psychologist appointment to develop strategies to address trauma or mental illness.
Donate $35
$85 can purchase a 35 day Myki pass so a young person can travel to appointments and school.
Donate $85
$99 can pay one night of emergency accommodation for a young person in crisis.
Donate $99
$165 can pay for a 6 month leisure center membership for three young people to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
Donate $165
$240 can cover 2 weeks rent-in-advance for a previously homeless young person, towards long-term supported accommodation.
Donate $240
$600 can purchase a laptop for a young person to re-engage in education and begin a pathway out of disadvantage.
Donate $600

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