HeyVan helping homeless in Bendigo

A year on from its Bendigo launch, Haven; Home, Safe’s HeyVan initiative has helped more than 160 people experiencing homelessness.

The HeyVan is a safe space where rough sleepers can connect with Haven’s Homeless Assertive Outreach Response team. It carries basic foods and essential items and stops at several locations across the City of Greater Bendigo.

An initiative of the Victorian Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan, the HeyVan is one of eight assertive outreach programs across the state to service areas identified as having the highest incidence of rough sleeping.

The Bendigo and another service in Swan Hill services have been funded for $1.28 million over two years and have the capacity to provide assertive outreach to people sleeping rough, including rapid access to emergency accommodation, health services, ongoing case management and housing support.

Housing Richard Wynne says,’The results of the first year show this program is making a lasting difference for people sleeping rough’.