The Mission to the Streets and Lanes had long been providing assistance and temporary accommodation to young women at Mission House.
In 1973, the Mission reported on a 'lesser-known facet of life at Mission House', being the accommodation provided to girls in need, coming into the Mission's care through the work of the 'court sisters'. Young women released from prison would come to live temporarily at Mission House (for weeks or even months), and were given assistance with finding employment and 'making a new start'.
In 1973-74, the Mission established a pilot 'half-way house' to extend this work with young women, and rented a house in St David Street (close to Mission House) where young women were offered more permanent accommodation. The venture soon became known as 'St David's'.
By 1975, it was called 'St David's Hostel', and the service now provided accommodation for teenagers making the transition from Unit 64 (Brighton Children's Home) to more independent living.
In the 1990s, St David's moved to 131 Napier Street, Fitzroy. The agency moved away from hostel accommodation towards providing family services, foster care and accommodation for young women.
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25 October 2018
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/vic/E000106
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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