A mask with a message – for people with unstable housing

A man wears a cloth facemask with the number of the VEC voting hotline 1800 TO VOTE (1800 86 86 83)The Victorian Electoral Commission is proud to have collaborated once again with the team from HoMie to produce face masks. HoMie is a Melbourne-based organisation that supports young people affected by homelessness or hardship.

In February each year, young people who are up to the challenge apply to participate in an eight-month paid retail internship at the HoMie Store or a HoMie Pathway Alliance trained business. By graduation in October, interns have earned:

  • a Certificate III in retail operations
  • six months of paid practical work experience
  • eight months of paid personal development training to build confidence and skills
  • a permanent place in the HoMie alumni community.

The VEC/HoMie-branded 3-ply reusable masks are currently being distributed to organisations that work with people experiencing homelessness, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and Alcohol and Other Drug services across Melbourne. The masks are not only Melbourne made and comfortable, but they also promote the VEC's 1800 freecall number: 1800 TO VOTE, or 1800 86 86 83.

The VEC/HoMie facemasks are a limited run, however if your organisation would like more information please contact Tanya Burne.