Our Story

We help people on low incomes find safe, affordable housing and a community they can thrive in.

Homelessness is on the rise. Thousands of Victorians are still searching for a safe place to call home, many of whom experience trauma, isolation, acute mental illness or disability.

Servants Community Housing provides a compassionate and sustainable response to this need, supporting those at risk of homelessness with long-term tenancies, live-in house managers and established connections to support agencies, community groups and neighbours.


We were born when members of Hawthorn West Baptist Church decided to do something about the closure of a rooming houses in Hawthorn – and grew from there. We continue with the support of local churches, who continue to show up and invest in the lives of our residents through fundraising, running BBQs, working bees, and even partnering with us to develop houses for people at risk of homelessness.

4 Houses

96 Residents

10+ Communities

Our Work

Providing respect, dignity, hope and opportunity.

Servants is more than a social and community housing provider: we exist to create communities where respect, dignity, hope and opportunity are nurtured.

Founded on the belief that every person deserves a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home, we nurture intentional communities of residents who live semi-independently but remain connected by a shared sense of belonging and home.

We’ve been doing this since 1986, when we opened our first rooming house. 35+ years later, we’ve grown to support hundreds of people in need. Our unique housing model, which includes shared meals, live-in house managers, tenancy support, and opportunities for growth and connection, enables residents to retain agency whilst remaining connected with their community and the world around them.

For us, success isn’t about independence itself: it’s about walking alongside diverse people, living life to its fullest in community, enjoying life together, sharing stories, supporting people to experience peace and exercise agency, and prioritising human connection.

Our residents learning to care for bees at one of our houses. As the hives mature, residents will collect the honey to sell.
Residents planting and tending their roses - an annual tradition!
Our community was born when members of Hawthorn West Baptist Church began managing Carrical Rooming House.

Looking for safe, affordable housing?

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