The Cocoon Residential,St Kilda

It’s just nice to live in a place where I don’t feel like I have to sit in my room all day because I’m not friends with anyone…it’s been good having the support and being around other traumatised.”

The Cocoon Residential, St Kilda:
The place to transform

  • The Cocoon is a beautiful heritage-listed property in St Kilda, providing a safe home to 7 female-identifying people who have exited out-of-home care.
  • The Cocoon provides a home to recover, stabilise, develop living skills, and prepare for long-term housing.

What we offer changes regularly as we respond to the requests of our residents, but typical support includes:

  • Staff on site on weekdays with a two-hour drop-in to address urgent needs
  • One-to-one case management with a Housing Coordinator. Sessions focus on residents’ individual goals.
  • Peer mentoring: one-to-ones & in groups.
  • Life skills groups, such as cooking & budgeting.
  • Therapies: massage, acupuncture, yoga, music & art.
  • Community experiences: birthday celebrations, BBQs, movie nights & meals out.
  • Wellness activities: knitting, petting & hanging out with Luna, our trainee-therapy dog, & visiting the gym.
  • Education & employment: access to scholarships and assistance through Bridge to Work.
  • A range of other services through partner organisations include access to a youth nurse and a private rental access program.

“Bridge It is compassionate, interested in me and my life, and what I need. They provide lots of great opportunities for me.”

Interested in living at The Cocoon or want to make a referral?

The Accommodation:

HousingFirst owns the property so is our landlord, managing the tenancy side of things.

We offer a studio apartment on a 12-month lease.

There is an inviting communal room for hanging out and for group activities.

HousingFirst caps the rent at 30% of a resident’s income plus their Commonwealth Rent Assistance. (Note: maintenance of common areas, gardening, electricity, gas and water are all charged an additional $32 per week).

Eligibility Criteria:

⦁ You are between the ages of 16 – 21.
⦁ You are female-identifying (an all-gender house is coming soon).
⦁ You are keen to live in a community setting.
⦁ You want to engage in support and groups.
⦁ You are transitioning from out-of-home care.
⦁ Or you are at risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness.
⦁ We get no government funding, so everyone we support has to have NDIS or a Home Stretch package to contribute towards homing costs.

Check out the stunning mural in The Butterfly Room.
Our home is bright and welcoming.

The project is 50% funded through Home Stretch funds. We need generous donors to support us to plug the gaps.

To support The Cocoon, please donate here.

Cocoon, I’m here for you