A telephone information and referral service will help young adults make the transition from out-of-home care to independent living.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced the Andrews Labor Government would invest $69,000 to help Melbourne City Mission operate the Hotline in 2015-16.
The Leaving Care Hotline advises young people and their support workers about the range of supports and services available to them.
The Hotline is also the go to point for young people to access the Commonwealth’s Transition to Independent Living Allowance. The allowance provides payments of up to $1500 for young people leaving out-of-home care.
Melbourne City Mission’s CBD location and its integrated Frontyard youth service makes it a one-stop-shop for young people seeking help and a prime fit to deliver the hotline service.
The allowance can be used for a range of essentials including accommodation, household items, counselling, training or education.
The Hotline operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Anyone wishing to apply for the Independent Living Allowance or find out about leaving care support services should contact the Leaving Care Hotline on 1300 532 846.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos
“This service gives young people the tools they need to transition to independent living and make a positive start.”
“The Hotline addresses the needs of young people leaving out-of-home care by giving them practical advice and key connections.”
“Melbourne City Mission provides invaluable support to young people and this Hotline will boost how they continue to deliver critical services.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020