• Welcome to Servants Community Housing!

    Amanda Donohoe, CEO
    Amanda Donohoe, CEO

    Servants Community Housing has been operating affordable accommodation and safe housing for those on low incomes for over thirty years in Hawthorn, and more recently in Kew.

    Our passion is built around offering a structure in which vulnerable individuals—many of whom suffer from long-term mental illnesses—can live in relative comfort.

    All too often we find our residents have been afforded little dignity or respect in their lives prior to being housed by Servants. Perhaps they have been homeless, they may have left a psychatric ward for the first time, experienced a relationship breakdown, loss of employment, substance issues... Residents find a safe and secure place with Servants and tend to stay with us for many years, enjoying a strong connectedness and sense of community. That’s because our model of housing is breathtakingly simple, founded on the belief that each individual is worthwhile.

    Please join us on the journey as we seek to offer respect, dignity and hope to some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Servants is in The Age!

“For the past 14 months, Paul has been a resident at Romana House in Kew, a former nursing home that has been converted into a home for 24 residents by an organisation called Servants Community Housing.”

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/how-to-fix-homelessness-give-the-homeless-a-home-20150730-ginpeo.html#ixzz3hj7cli2I

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Run Melbourne ’15 Complete!

Congratulations to all our Team Servants participants! Here’s a couple of photos from the finish line for you.

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A brief message from our CEO Matt Maudlin about Team Servants 2015

More information about Team Servants participation in Run Melbourne

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Watch this Video about Servants!

Have a look at this brief video about Servants Community Housing! With thanks to Melbourne High School student Kalana Vithana and former MHS student and great supporter of Servants, Nam Truong.

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Carols @ Carrical – Mon 22 Dec

Hawthorn Community Chest is hosting Carols @ Carrical, at our Hawthorn house. All welcome, hope to see you there!

Carols @ Carrical DL

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Servants launches a new book


Servants Community Housing is thrilled to announce that our second book, Narrative, will be released on Friday 31 October.

Following on from the success of our original publication, Anthology, in 2011, we take pleasure in inviting you to attend the launch of Narrative, which tells the stories of some of the residents who call their Servants housing ‘home’.

This project was undertaken with seven Year Eleven students from Melbourne Girls College, Methodist Ladies College, Trinity Grammar School and Xavier College.

The launch will be held on Friday 31 October at The Great Hall at Xavier College, Barkers Rd in Kew. The evening will commence at 7.00 pm and conclude at 9.30 pm, with speeches at 7.30 pm. In true Servants tradition, the books have been published to be given away.

There is no cost for tickets to the launch event, but please consider making a donation towards publication costs on the night. Bookings are essential, so please reserve your tickets.

We would be hugely appreciative if you could extend this invitation to your personal circle of friends and networks.

If you have any inquiries, please contact Matt at matt@servants.org.au.

We hope that you will consider attending this landmark event in Servants history!

For bookings, click here.

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Romana Opening Celebrations!

Servant’s newest home, Mother Romana Home in Kew opened on Saturday after renovations and much preparation by volunteers from Rotary and Hawthorn West Baptist Church. Enjoy some photos below!

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Servants House Manager Positions

There will be upcoming live-in House Manager positions at both Carrical and Hamer within the next 12 months.

Ideally Servants is seeking a mature couple to manage these houses.

If you are interested in these roles please contact Matt requesting a Position Description.

The Carrical position will be occurring during the second half of 2014.

If you are interested in this specific role please register your interest in this position no later than 5.00pm on Monday 14th April.

Information for Prospective House Managers


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Team Servants – Run Melbourne 2014


Team Servants ’14 will be a significant presence at the The Age’s Run Melbourne event on July 27th 2014. Details here: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/runmelbourne2014

This will be our major fundraiser for 2014. We invite everyone to put on their running shoes and participate in either the 5km/10km or half marathon distances. Please ask friends and colleagues to join you in representing Team Servants ’14 and raising funds for on-going work of Servants as we look to continue housing individuals at risk of homelessness.

Scroll down for Instructions on how to Join Team Servants ’14 – or support our residents who are participating: Jamie, Ziva or Paul!


Some of the 2013 Team

How to Join Team Servants ’14

Warning! The website is a bit confusing and it feels like you do a few things twice. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be fine.

1. Get Started

Go to http://www.runmelbourne.com.au/ and click Sign Up Now

2. Sign in, or create a new Run Melbourne Account

Enter your email address at the bottom.

If the website does not recognise your email address it will ask you to create a password and enter your full name. Click Login, then enter a few more details such as your date of birth, and continue.

3. Join the Event and Pick our Team

Select The Age Run Melbourne and continue

Pick your run length – 5, 10 or 20km and click Register Now

Choose: Join a team

Type in and click on Team Servants ‘14

Enter our passcode: Servants

It will then ask you to fill in further participant information such as your address, phone number, medical conditions, emergency contact etc, all on one page.

Tick or fill in all the necessary boxes.

4. Indicate your intention to fundraise

Where it says “I’d like to Fundraise” Click: Yes

Select Servants Community Housing

Set personal fundraising target (eg $500)

You will then be directed to the promotion and checkout pages. Make your payment and you are done!

Once this process is complete, check to see if you appear on the Team Servants ’14 page on the RunMelbourne website. 

If your team membership does not appear follow these instructions to link you up:

1. In the fundraising information section of the RunMelbourne website, at the bottom of the page you will see this line: “Entered and want to start building your fundraising page? Simply click here and select the start fundraising button”.

2. Click on this link, and then the Start Fundraising link

3. Under ‘Select Charity:’ type and select Servants Community Housing

4. Fill in and submit your personal details

5. You will be taken to your newly created supporter page.

On the right side of the page click Join a Team

Select Team Servants ‘14

Select Join Team and then Use This Page

You can then personalise the page and share on Facebook or email friends to ask them to support you.


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Mother Romana House Lease Signed!


Hurrah! Leases signed! We will be housing 24 people in Kew from early April 2014.

We have a few weeks of building work ahead of us first.

Once Romana is occupied we will be housing a total of 89 people in 3 locations in Kew and Hawthorn.

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    1986Hawthorn Home founded
    2010Canterbury Home founded (short term lease)
    2011Kew Home founded
    20142nd Kew Home founded
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