Homelessness

According to the Census in 2016, 360 people were experiencing homelessness in the Yarra Ranges.

The majority of homeless people live in supported accommodation, temporarily stay with friends or live in rooming houses or other over-crowded dwellings. About 6% are sleeping without shelter, in tents or their cars (referred to as sleeping rough). Sleeping rough is not a crime; law enforcement will only apply as a last resort where a law is breached, in which case it becomes a policing issue.

Are you concerned?

If you are at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness or if you observe someone sleeping rough, contact us on 1300 368 333.

An experienced member of our team will work with local welfare agencies to assist the person if they are willing to accept assistance.

If a person is an immediate risk to themselves or others or appears to be under the age of 16, please contact the police on 000.

For information about local welfare agencies, please check out our Community Directory

To find out more about homelessness please refer to The Council to Homeless Person’s.

Council's Homelessness Protocol has been prepared to ensure that homeless people, and people at risk of homelessness, are responded to quickly and appropriately, and are offered relevant support services. It provides staff with information and resources to refer to relevant housing and support services. It is applied when a Council Officer comes into contact with a person who is at risk of homelessness, is currently homeless or sleeping rough. 

View the Homelessness Protocol(PDF, 491KB)