About the NWHNs

The Northern and Western Homelessness Networks (NWHNs) work with the seven other regional networks across Victoria funded to bring services together to: share information, identify common needs and gaps in service provision, and establish close working relationships to promote and assist the best possible response to homelessness within a regional context. Core members are homelessness and family violence agencies receiving funded from the Homelessness Assistance Support Program.

There is a Network Coordinator in each region who supports the Network activities. These positions are auspiced by Wombat Housing and Support Services in the West and Launch Housing in the North.

The Networks meet regularly in Homelessness Local Area Service Network (LASN) meetings to manage the coordinated homelessness service system.

NWHNs Vision: An end to homelessness

NWHNs Aim: We aim to achieve this vision by creating opportunities for all N & W Homelessness Assistance Services to come together to:

  • Develop an informed regional voice on homelessness;
  • Address the causes of homelessness;
  • Advocate for improved responses to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; and
  • Build the capacity of the regional service system

The Networks' catchments covers the local government areas of Melton, Wyndham, Brimbank, Hobson's Bay, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, parts of the CBD of Melbourne in the West, Hume, Moreland, Whittlesea, Nillumbik, Banyule, Darebin and Yarra.

NWHN & Northern Metro and Western Metro LASN Governance Structure

The NWHNs' Steering Group membership is drawn from the Northern and Western Local Area Service Networks (LASNs)  The Governance documents (attached below) describe the LASNs and the way the Steering Groups engage/interact with the broader membership to progress the aims and objectives of both the LASNs and the NWHNs.

NWHN Steering Group Members

Western Steering Group

Chair: Zoe Vale, Melbourne City Mission

Wendy Ferguson, UnitingCare Werribee

Halime Aldemir: NW Regional Children’s Resource Program

Aaron Tan: Melton Housing Service

Rhonda Collins: Latitude: Directions for Young People

Rebecca Cleaver: Wombat Housing and Support Services

Irena Baric - Salvation Army Housing Service

Rob Cavill - Unison

Northern Reference Group

Chair: Jade Blakkarly, WISHIN

Karren Walker - Launch Housing

Donna Bennett: Hope St Youth and Family Services

Josh Darvill: VincentCare