Launch Housing is an independent, non-religious, not-for-profit organisation that has provided housing and support services to the wider Melbourne community for over 78 years. Our mission is to end homelessness. We bring solutions to homelessness under one roof for over 15,000 people each year who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing the trauma of homelessness.Visit Website
The Cornelia Program aims to change the life trajectory of some of Victoria’s most vulnerable babies. In an Australian-first, a partnership between Launch Housing, the Royal Women’s Hospital and Housing First offers a pathway out of homelessness for pregnant women and new mothers, helping them to bond with and care for their babies, access support services, gain independence and break the cycle of homelessness.
The Cornelia Program addresses a major gap in the system: there is currently no dedicated program or service Australia-wide that supports pregnant, homeless women and their babies, a very vulnerable group.
The ultimate goal of the Cornelia Program is to demonstrate an effective intervention in inter-generational disadvantage that can be replicated and scaled across Australia.