Goodna Street Life is an independent charity providing housing and support for the homeless and vulnerable people in our community. Established in 2015 by a group of dedicated locals hoping to make a difference in our community, the group sought to establish a local shelter for the homeless, and people forced onto the streets.
Our charity has grown to include our Op Shop, accreditation as a Residential Service, GSL Housing services, free counselling and drug and alcohol rehabilitation support, Work programs for clients, Community Food Bank and more.
We provide crisis and long term accommodation through our specialist homeless services at Helens Haven.
Helens Haven Motel provides crisis accommodation in a supported community environment, providing specialist care and support to assist clients to overcome barriers, and transition into long term accommodation.
As a non-government funded, independent charity we rely on fundraising and donations to provide our services. You can support the work we do in the community by making a donation, purchasing goods from our Op Shop or supporting our fundraisers.
The causes of homelessness are varied and complex. Our service follows the Housing First approach, which prioritises permanent and stable housing for people experiencing homelessness. The guiding principle of Housing First is that safe and secure housing should be quickly provided prior to, and not conditional upon, addressing other health and well-being issues.
|► Accommodation issues
housing crisis, inadequate or inappropriate dwellings
|► Financial Difficulties
housing stress, unemployment
|► Domestic violence and relationship issues
time out from family, family breakdown, violence and assault
transition from care/ custody, lack of support, discrimination
mental health issues, substance abuse issues
"The development of Housing First in Australia has been constrained by the lack of appropriate affordable housing stock necessary to quickly house those experiencing homelessness. To date, Housing First projects have run as pilot programs or with time limited funding, rather than as part of a government supported approach to addressing homelessness. Nevertheless, results from these initial projects have have promising. An evaluation of the MISHA project by Mission Australia from 2010—2013, which used a Housing First approach, found that after two years 97% of clients were still living in secure housing; and the associated cost savings to government equated to $8,002 per person per year."
Goodna Street Life provides a broad range of services to assist people based on their individual needs.
Crisis and transitional, and help with government, nras and rentals.Learn More
Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation, counselling and support services.Learn More
Our homelessness services are funded by the generous community donations to our Op Shop at the Goodna Marketplace, shop 29/2 Smiths Rd Goodna. We have huge range of items including:
You can also make purchases through our online store with all proceeds supporting the homeless and vulnerable people in our community.Shop OnlineDonate