What YOU...

NEED TO KNOW

to survive the streets

...and COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

A go to guide for folks who are homeless or sleeping rough in Melbourne

Created by people who were and are homeless

everyone is welcome at cohealth

FOOD

FOOD

Some places we think are good for a feed in the city…

ORGANISATION LOCATION SERVICES
St Peters

Anglican Church

9662 2391

15 Gisborne Street

East Melbourne

Breakfast 7am-8:30am

Takeaway

Salvation Army Cafe

 

69 Bourke Street, Melbourne, City Monday to Friday.

9am-2pm

Breakfast and Lunch

From Us 2 You

Facebook group – FromUs2You

Batman Park

(Near Blue Tongue Bikes)

Tuesday & Thurs 1:30 – 3pm

Sunday from 10am

*Give out pads and tampons

The Big Umbrella Corner of Russel St and Flinders St (behind Arts Centre) Weds and Thurs 6:30pm – 8pm

Often have clothes and sleeping gear

St Vinnies

1800 305 330

(Mon-Fri 10-3) Call for food hampers or vouchers to be delivered to you
Various Charities Victoria Markets Mon 8pm, Tues, 7pm

Weds 6pm, Thurs 8:30pm, Weekends 6pm

SHOWERS & LAUNDRY

These services have re-opened again after a long time of being closed. Here’s some places we’ve been too…

Service Showers Laundry Details
cohealth central city

53 Victoria St City

9448 5536

Mon-Fri

10am – 4

Last shower booking is 2:30pm.

Mon – Fri

10 – 4

Can call and book or turn up and book at reception
St Mary’s House of Welcome

165/169 Brunswick St Fitzroy

Mon-Fri

9am-11am

For rough sleepers & people in crisis
Living Room

7-9 Hosier Lane City

9945 2100

1800 440 188

Mon ,Wed, Thurs,  Fri

9:30 – 12:30

1pm-4pm

Tues 9:30 -12:30

Sat 11am – 4

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:30 – 12:30 1pm-4

Tues 9:30-12:30

Sat 11am – 4

First in best dressed

MOBILE LAUNDRY & SHOWER SERVICES!

Look up this website OR click following link:

locations.orangesky.org.au

Put in a location and you’ll find a number of places to do laundry or have a shower.  

 

Some services provide pads & tampons

cohealth Central City (see above)

From Us 2 You (see previous page)

Period Project –contact facebook group

SAFETY

Not everyone who’s homeless uses drugs, but some of us do & we need to stay safe.

Here’s a list of places where you can get clean syringes.

Service Details
Foot Patrol

1800 700 102

0412 155 491

Call them to come to you

Mon – Fri 11.45am -11.15pm,

Sat – Sun 12noon – 3.45pm 7.30pm -11.15pm.

Harm Reduction Victoria

128 Peel St  Nth Melbourne

9329 1500

Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm
Innerspace

4 Johnston Street, Collingwood

9448 5530

Mon – Thurs 9am-5pm

Clean syringes handed

out at front desk

Syringe Dispensing Machines 75 Brunswick St Fitzroy

365 Hoddle St Collingwood

Health Works

4-12 Buckley St Footscray

9448 5511

Mon-Fri 10am -5pm

WORDS FROM US…

“Be safe and clean”

“Dispose of your syringes thoughtfully”

HEALTH & DENTAL

HEALTH

An understanding GP, nurse or health service is important.  Here some clinics we like and recommend.

CLINIC DETAILS
Living Room

7-9 Hosier Lane, City

9945 2100    1800 440 188

MONDAY 9.30am – 4pm
Thorne Harbour

200 Hoddle St Abbotsford

9865 6700

For LGBTI + communities

STI treatment/HIV treatment

Add hours

After hours GP helpline Call healthdirect free* on 1800 022 222
Sexual Health Centre

580 Swanston St Carlton

1800 032 017

Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm

*Free testing

Cohealth

75 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

9448 5531

Innerspace

4 Johnston Street Collingwood

Mon- Fri 9am -5pm.

Mon-Fri 10:30 – 5pm

Rhed Sexual Health Clinic

22-28 Fitzroy St St Kilda

1800 458 752

For sex workers

DENTAL

All folks who are homeless get priority access to community dental services.  A letter from a support worker explaining your situation will help but it is not necessary

Call 9341 1000 to find a community dentist
Here are the details for 3 in the city area that we have been to.

 

CLINIC DETAILS
Royal Dental Hospital

720 Swanston St Carlton
Everyday 8:30am-6pm
9341 1000

Make an appointment or turn up as soon as the doors open (no later)

If it is an emergency, you can walk in off the street and you will be seen eventually but get there before 8:30am

Cohealth Central City

53 Victoria Street Melbourne

Monday – Friday
10am – 4pm

9448 5536

Rock up to Central City, call or get help from a worker to book in to a Cohealth dental service in Kensington, Niddrie or Footscray
North Richmond Community Health

23 Lennox Street Richmond

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9am-5pm
Tuesday, Thursday
9am-8pm

9418 9800

 

LIBRARIES

“More than just places with books!”

Many people experiencing homelessness find libraries to be warm, safe and welcoming spaces.

Memberships are free and you can book rooms, print, copy and scan, use the internet and check out community notices.

LOCATIONS OF LIBRARIES IN THE CITY 
City Library
253 Flinders Lane, City
Kathleen Syme Library 
251 Faraday Street, Cartlon
Southbank Library 
207 City Road, Southbank
East Melbourne Library
122 George St, East City
Library at the Dock
107 Victoria Harbour, Promenade Docklands

Most Libraries offer free seminars, courses, exhibitions and classes. Some have free craft classes, drumming classes, book clubs, recording studios and sewing machines.

Ask about these at a library or search online: Libraries City of Melbourne

DID YOU KNOW THERE'S A LIBRARY SOCIAL WORKER?

She works at the City Library
Monday - Friday
9am -5pm

Book an appointment with any librarian or call 0466927400

FREE THINGS TO DO IN THE CITY

Here are some suggestions of ways to entertain yourself and feel part of the city

ACTIVITY  WHERE, WHEN, ETC
Free Activities at Fed Square
fedsquare.com/events/free-workshops
Thai Chi – Every Tuesday in 2021 7:30am – 8:30am
Check out other ones online
Cohealth Kangas
9448 5536
Footy team that’s free to join. Lots of fun. Games played in a variety of suburbs.
National Gallery of Victoria 
St Kilda Road
10-5 every day Main Section is Free  but special exhibitions are not.
Visit a Church Opening times ranges
A quite places.
"Do you have a worker? Some services often have free passes to activities like pools and gyms. Ask about this!" Robert.

 

INTERESTS WHATS ON? WHEN?
Do you like History? Ned Kelly Exhibition 
State Library
15th April 2021 – 31 December 2022
Check out his Armour!
FREE ENTRY
Are you interested in Films, TV & Video Games? VISIT ACMI 
(Australian Centre for the Moving Imagine)
Monday – Tuesday 12pm – 5pm
Wednesday – Saturday  12pm – 7pm
Sunday  11am – 6pm
FREE ENTRY
Do you Enjoy plays, music, art and dance? Celebrate Indigenous Culture Yirramboi Festival
First Nations Arts Festival
6th -16th May 2021
yirramboi.com.au
lots of free events
Do you like being around people and markets? WINTER NIGHT MARKET
Queen Vic Markets
WEDNESDAYS 5pm-10pm
June 2nd – July 14th
FREE ENTRY but food will cost.
Live Music, crowds.
do you like being in Nature? Parks and Gardens Royal Botanic, Princes Park, Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens.
FREE ENTRY and Toilets

GETTING YOUR ID SORTED

Not having photo ID is a common problem when you’re homeless.


WORDS FROM US… 

“When I was sleeping rough the first time – I was robbed and had my passport, learners and birth certificate stolen and I am still trying to get them back after 5 months, it affects me with police because I can’t prove who I am and it is also hard to buy things like cigarettes.”

“Having no photo ID was crippling beyond belief, I tried to get a hotel room on pay day but that was impossible without ID. You are a second class citizen in your own country without ID

THERE IS HELP OUT THERE
You don’t have to deal with having no photo ID on your own

If you have a worker, ask them to help you. If you don’t have a worker, drop in to a service and ask for help.

SOLUTION
No Medicare card?​ Call 132 011. You’ll be asked ‘security’ questions and then send out your new card. If you have no address – give them a service address.​
Got a birth certificate & Medicare or health care card? Go to a post office, ask for a proof of age application. It’s only $10. Get help with the paperwork if you need.
No birth certificate and need photo ID? Births Deaths and Marriages have special programs to help people who are homeless. Your worker/a service can connect you with these.

Melbourne CBD Amenities and Services

Toilets

On-street public toilets

Public toilets in the City of Melbourne are open 7am – 7pm on weekdays, 9am – 5pm on weekends and public holidays.

Exeloos or the silver on-street toilets are the only toilets open 24hrs.

Most public toilets are locked at nights.

Most shopping centres have public toilets

Target Emporium
Federation Square
Melbourne Central

Major train stations

Southern Cross
Flinders Street
Melbourne Central
Parliament Station

Flagstaff Gardens

Free Laundry Services

cohealth Central City

9448 5536 – Limited availability


Living Room

Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 2.30pm

 

St Marks Community Centre

Mon – Fri, 10:30 – 2:30pm

Orange Sky free laundry

@ St Mark’s

250 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

11am – 2pm

 

WiFi

Best free WiFi spots

Fed Square

Any McDonalds

Or look up ‘Vic Free Wifi’ 

The Living Room has WiFi

Salvation Army has WiFi

Shower services

 

Innerspace

Very limited

 

St Marys House of Welcome

9am – 10:30am

 

Salvation Army (Salvos)

Lighthouse Café

Mon – Fri, 7am – 1pm

Living Room

Mon 9.30am – 4pm
Tues 9.30am – 12.30
Weds – Fri 9.30am – 4
Closed 11.45 – 12.45

 

Travellers Aid Southern Cross Station

Under Bourke St Bridge,

opposite Luggage Hall ($5 fee)

7 days, 6.30am 9.30pm

Medical

 

Hospitals

St Vincents Hospital

The Living Room
GPs available by appointment
AND
nurse available for walk-ins

cohealth Central City
GPs, nurses, podiatry

Services may change operating hours, or be temporarily closed because of coronavirus. If you can, ring the numbers on the map before you go to check details.

STREET ART

Artwork by people who are experiencing homelessness



Humble Struggle, A Life Not Needed  –  ARTIST: Josh Sampson

 


Solo Journey Through The River Of Life – ARTIST: Russel Storey

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