Youth Support Services

The Wayss Youth Support Services is the primary entry point for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia. There are a range of support services available to young people aged 16 to 25 years, including transitional housing support and access to crisis accommodation options.

What we do

Youth workers provide support to address your housing needs by discussing your circumstances and trying to find the best option. It is best if you contact as early as possible. You will need to bring some documents with you, such as identification and income details.

Youth workers can provide support to address housing issues, including:

  • Information, advice, advocacy and referral in response to your housing needs
  • Assistance if you do not have a safe place to stay that night
  • Referrals to other government and community support services
  • Referrals to Wayss programs
  • Advocacy on housing related issues or facilitated referrals to more specialised tenancy rights and advocacy services
  • Limited financial assistance, if eligible as per Office of Housing Guidelines, for rent in advance, rent arrears or crisis and/or short term accommodation utilising Housing Establishment Funds (HEF)

We can also assist and support you to return home if this is a safe and secure option.

Who can access Wayss Youth Services?

Young people 16 to 25 years of age in the municipalities of Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia.

How can you access Wayss Youth Services?

A young person can contact Wayss or they can be referred by their worker.

To find out more contact the Youth team at Dandenong or Berwick.

Wayss in the 1990s

Then in September 1997 the organisation became WAYSS Limited with a Board of Directors and day to day management by the Chief Executive Officer.

Wayss underwent further transformation with the restructure of community housing and the funding of the Transitional Housing Management (THM) program. The Regional Housing Council ceased operation and transferred direct service operations to Wayss in 1997.

During this decade Wayss became responsible for the then South East Women’s Domestic Violence Outreach Service. Funding was also received to establish a Children’s Services Worker within the outreach service. SAAP funded Women’s Outreach Program was also transferred to Wayss in 1999.