The Asylum Seeker Project (ASP) works with the most vulnerable asylum seekers living lawfully in the community while they await the outcome of their claims for protection. Hotham works with children, women and men who have little or no income and face homelessness. Many struggle with physical or emotional trauma, isolation and mental illness. Some have endured periods of detention. ASP also provides housing and care for unaccompanied young people who arrived by boat and have been released from detention centres into community-based care while awaiting the outcome of their claims.

The ASP provides:

  • professional casework support
  • housing
  • basic living assistance payments (BLA)
  • help with utilities and emergencies
  • a volunteer program of one-to-one support (LinkUP)
  • men’s and women’s support groups
  • State and national policy advocacy, and research.


“FINDING SHELTER” The history of Hotham Mission ASP

Finding Shelter captures the stories of asylum seekers in their own words, the issues and policies that defined ten years in Australian history, and the remarkable work of the Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project.

ORDER NOW! CALL 03 9326 8343. ONLY $20 (plus postage)
All proceeds will provide direct help for asylum seekers struggling to survive in the community.

Finding Shelter is also available at:
Asylum Seeker Project
First Floor,
139 Queensberry St
Carlton VIC 3053;

(ASP thanks the Planet Wheeler Foundation and Red Fish Blue Fish (Creative) for their generous support for this publication!)