Sunshine Youth Housing (SYH)
Sunshine Youth Housing provides information, advice and assistance to young people aged 16 - 25 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. SYH offer assistance to young people in accessing long term housing options such as private rental, public housing, social housing or shared accommodation. The program provides short task focus assistance as well as long term outreach support to young people to address factors that have contributed to their housing crisis and builds their capacity to connect with mainstream community resources such as education and training. SYH operate from a holistic case management perspective to engage young people and support them in working on their independent living skills.
Sunshine Youth supported over 150 clients to address their housing needs in the last financial year.
SYH have established three community development projects in partnership with other community agencies.
These community development programs address issues such as social exclusion, relationship building and community participation which Sunshine Youth Housing believes are integral for young people to be active members of their community.
The "Sunshine Community Garden" is a community garden project that aims to bring together various groups that live and work within the Central Sunshine Area, uniting and celebrating Sunshine’s diversity of culture. The project has intended to transform an unused city block into a place of beauty, activity and community, by working collaboratively with local Salvation Army and allied support services.
“Cook Up a Storm” is focussed on educating young people about nutrition, food handling and budgeting. The Cook Up a Storm Program is funded by a grant received from the Brimbank City Council which has, to date, allowed for four rounds of the seven week program to be run across different focus groups in the Brimbank region.
The “Young Parents Group” playgroup program operates a “peer support” model for parents aged between 16 – 25 and their children and is co-facilitated between SYH and Youth Now. The group meet once a week for an activity and learning based session run by experienced workers who are on hand to provide additional advocacy and support to participants.