Case for Support - Youth Homelessness
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Case for Support - Youth Homelessness

Every night, vulnerable young people are being shut out and refused overnight accommodation.

We have the commitment, experience and an evidence-based model to open doors for them and stop the cycle of homelessness.

Our Passages Youth Engagement Hubs in Perth and Peel provide daytime support to hundreds of at-risk young people every year. But after we close our doors, many are shut out of the system and refused overnight accommodation because they have complex needs. There are children as young as 12 without vital help at a crucial stage in their personal development. There are teenagers and young people being turned away at a critical point that could condemn them to a lifetime of chronic homelessness.

It doesn’t have to be this way.
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Our clear vision for Vinnies Tom Fisher House for Youth

  • Overnight accommodation for children and young people aged 12-24.
  • Continuous round-the-clock support.
  • Up to 12 single rooms with ensuites. Shared kitchen and dining, recreation space and free wifi.
  • Low threshold and change model, and trauma informed care and therapeutic crisis interventions.

Our team is best placed to deliver

  • 20+ years' experience delivering the low threshold and change model.
  • Vinnies operates two successful youth hubs in Perth and Peel that change live every day. 
  • Since opening Vinnies Tom Fisher House in 2014, Vinnies provided accommodation and intensive intervention support for 3,000+ chronic homeless adults.
  • Vinnies actively collaborates with more than 50 community organisations to provide a fully-integrated service that delivers optimum outcomes.

Our Model is proven and ready to go.

Our proven approach implements as few requirements as practicable to minimise barriers and maximise accessibility for this hard to reach population. We call it our intensive intervention Low Threshold and Change approach to service delivery at Passages Youth Engagement Hubs and Vinnies Tom Fisher House. And it’s working for young people with a variety of complex needs.


Increasing capacity to engage in daily life and community.

Managing emotions

Improving the ability to respond productively to crisis and managing emotions.


Increasing hopefulness and independence.

Positive experiences

Building positive experiences and memories.

Harm minimisation

Reducing alcohol and other drug use through harm minimisation approaches.


Delivering a strengths-based philosophy that's culturally relevant and compassionate.


Increasing access to higher threshold services.

Solution-based service model

Providing a solution-based and seamlessly integrated service model for enhanced outcomes.

“Somewhere to stay early on in my homeless journey would have made all the difference. The longer you’re out there on the street, the harder it is to break the cycle of homelessness.”

- Rob, aged 20, visited Passages in May 2019

You can make a difference

Can we count on your help to open the doors to more choice and positive outcomes for WA’s most vulnerable young people?

How can I find out more?

For further information, please contact us.

P 08 6323 7500

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