The Household Organisation Management Expenses (HOME) Advice Program is an early intervention program aimed at assisting families at risk of homelessness to manage their finances and household expenses in order to prevent future accommodation crisis.
The HOME Advice program funds one community organisation and one Centrelink social worker in each state and territory, who work collaboratively to assist families at risk of homelessness. Centrelink social workers provide clients with detailed advice on a range of Centrelink services, while community organisations provide specialised assistance around a range of issues.
The 2007 Evaluation of the HOME Advice program found that for families assisted:
- Ninety two per cent of families avoided homelessness and remained in their homes or improved their housing;
- Ninety three per cent of families had their immediate financial crisis resolved; and
- Ninety three per cent of families improved their debt situation with 66 per cent reducing or totally wiping their debt and a further 31 per cent stabilising their debt.
The evaluation report is available at HOME Advice Evaluation Report.