Some things to be aware of…
Research demonstrates that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) youth are over-represented in the homeless population, with family rejection the most common reason for homelessness, followed by parents forcing children out onto the street.
Violence and harassment towards LGBTQI people within homeless services was also noted as a concern.
There are no specific housing services for LGBTQI community however there are health and other social inclusion programs that may be a good reference during housing crises.
Opening Doors is an entry point for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Follow the Opening Doors link to learn how the system works and entry points close to you.
Phone: 1800 825 955
The Frankston and Rosebud Crisis Centres are entry points for individuals, families and youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. These Centres provide assessment, information, advocacy and referral to a range of accommodation and housing services. They can help navigate services and link in with services such as family violence, drug and alcohol, health and mental health, legal, financial, employment, education and training.
Frankston Address: 37 Ross Smith Avenue, Frankston VIC 3199
Rosebud Address: 17 Ninth Avenue, Rosebud VIC 3939
Phone: 1800 825 955
Find more information: www.salvationarmy.org.au/SalvoCareEastern
Peninsula Pride is Queer Straight Alliance youth project. They provide social groups, drop-in and diverse support groups, camps and events.
Phone: 03 9769 6419
Find more information: www.frankston.vic.gov.au
Dunns Road Clinic
Dr Andrew Marich at the clinic is a GP with sound knowledge in LGBTIQ issues. Dr. Marich has a sizeable patient base for transgender people. The clinic is not a bulk-billing one however he will bulk-bill when needed.
Phone: 95974 3500
Find more information: mmvc.com.au/dunns-rd-clinic
Gayshare is an Australian flat-share website for people that are homosexual interested in flatting with other individuals that are homosexual. Each person creates a profile and can advertise their property or look for an existing share property.
Find more information: www.gayshare.com.au
Bayside Alcohol and Drug Services (BayAOD)
BayAOD provides residential and community based withdrawal and recovery services. They offer a dedicated GLBTIQ phone line and also work with friends and family to assist in supporting their loved one. The catchment includes the Cities of Port Phillip, Stonnington, Glen Eira, Kingston and Bayside.
Dedicated GLBTIQ line:1800 906 669
Central Intake: 1800 229 263or (03) 9690 9778
Address: Inner South Community Health, 240 Malvern Rd, Prahran
Find more information: baysidealcoholanddrugservices.org.au
Wellways (formerly MI Fellowship)
Wellways is a community based organisation who work with people affected by mental illness and disability, their family and friends. Wellways offer various supports including PHaMs, PHaMS Employment, Family Services, Partners In Recovery, Doorway, Opening Doors, and APARC. Enquire about available peer groups and respite options.
Phone: (03) 9784 6800
Find more information: www.mifellowship.org
Headspace provide support for those aged between 12 and 25 years. The offer a confidential phone line and email service for youth and their carers. They tackle issues such as bullying, drugs and alcohol, and relationships as well as anxiety, depression, isolation and social influences.
Phone: 1800 650 890
Find more information: headspace.org.au
YSAS Queer Youth Withdrawal Program
This is a voluntary program specifically designed for the complex needs of GLBTQI people aged 12-21 years experiencing AOD issues. The program is only available in Fitzroy however is worth contacting YSAS to discuss your clients needs.
Phone: 1800 005 501 or (03) 9415 9996
Find more information:www.ysas.org.au/QBLTQI