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The Barwon South West Homelessness Network (the Network) is a Network of agencies in the Barwon and South West region who work collaboratively for the achievement of an integrated system providing support and accommodation to people experiencing or at risk of Homelessness in our region.

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DO YOU NEED HOUSING ASSISTANCE?

Go to Housing Victoria for more information plus a range of options and services.  

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Call 1800 825 955 for general housing advice or 1800 015 188 for advice if you are experiencing family violence.

Barwon South West Homelessness Network

OUR MISSION

The Network provides opportunities for agencies, Housing, Support services and
the broader community to address and resolve issues of Homelessness and its
prevention in the Region.

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Homelessness entry-point data 2016 2017
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A Growing Issue

HOMELESSNESS STATS

In 2011 the Australian Bureau of Statistics undertook a specialist homelessness count, which included our region. The total number of people counted as being homeless during the count was 924.

2011 Homeless People infographic
2016 Homeless People infographic

In the Barwon South West Region the number of males seeking assistance was 46% and females 54%
2018-2019 AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing)

In December 2019, there were;

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males seeking housing assistance

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females seeking housing assistance

affordable properties available across the region

households waiting for social housing

Audrey's homelessness story

A Place to Call Home

Audrey’s Story

Young resident Audrey* says that prior to living at Brophy Family and Youth Service’s Foyer Warrnambool campus she had experienced homelessness in various forms.

“I’ve done the couch surfing. Staying until I have outgrown my welcome; feeling like you are imposing.”

“I felt helpless and isolated, in a constant state of dread waiting for the tap on the shoulder telling me it’s time to move on.”

“I slept in my car for three nights at one stage. Not only are you at risk of physical and emotional harm, you are in a constant state of anxiety.”

Since moving into Foyer Warrnambool in February Audrey has returned to education and completed her Certificate 1 in Developing Independence at SWTAFE. She also holds down casual employment. As a motivated young person she has developed a leadership role and brings a positive influence in the communal culture.

Audrey describes what ‘home’ means to her.

“For me a home is a place you identify as your own. The Foyer has supported me by providing me with a safe and comfortable place to live.”

“So yeah, I would call the Foyer my home”.

*named changed to protect identity