With the profits made from clothing sales, HoMie welcomes Melbourne’s homeless community into their flagship Melbourne Central store to shop for free for one day each month. On ‘VIP Shopping Day’, Melburnians experiencing homelessness receive five items of free brand-new clothing, as well as free haircuts, nutritious food, and educational workshops to help break the cycle of entrenched homelessness that many people find themselves trapped in when they cannot afford the basics.
HoMie also trains and employs at-risk young people living in crisis or temporary public housing, empowering them with the skills needed to prevent them from becoming homelessness.
A grant of $45,000 from Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation has helped HoMie open a second store on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
The grant will also enable the social enterprise to partner with Ladder Foundation and Cotton On Foundation to develop a structured vocational training and employment program for four young people who are experiencing homelessness.
The training program will result in six months of guaranteed part-time employment at Cotton On upon graduation and ongoing social and community support from Ladder.
To learn more about HoMie, or to purchase their ethical clothing and accessories online, visit homiestreetstore.com.au