The ACT has implemented all of the new initiatives committed to under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. This includes:
A Place to Call Home
‘A Place to Call Home’ is a $10 million initiative jointly funded by the Australian and ACT Governments under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. Fifty percent of the properties will be allocated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Thirteen new homes have been constructed.
Street to Home
The aim of the Street to Home program is to actively engage and support the chronic homeless and rough sleepers. This service is operational and has already engaged successfully with over 50 rough sleepers, including 20 into accommodation.
Managed Accommodation Program
Is a supported accommodation program for people leaving custodial environments, focussing on the new ACT prison. Forty accommodation and/or support places for men and women exiting corrections have been established through a men’s program and a women’s program.
Mental Health Housing and Support Initiative (HASI)
Provides tenancies for people with mental illnesses with specialist supports. The service commenced in June 2010 and has provided 10 accommodation and support places for people with mental health issues, including the provision of sub-acute funding due to the success of the program.
Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence ‘STAY’ Program
Increased support for women and children experiencing domestic violence to stay in their home. This initiative will be further supported by the introduction of the Disruptive Behaviour Initiative that will assist in addressing underlying causes of domestic violence, and connect people to the stay at home program when appropriate.
The Youth Integrated Education and Accommodation Program (Foyer)
The Youth Integrated Education and Accommodation Program (Foyer) is the last initiative to be implemented.
The program is an exciting new initiative aimed at supporting young people who have experienced or been at risk of homelessness. By providing high quality and affordable housing within a supportive environment, the program is able to link young people with education, training and employment opportunities.
The program is operated by Barnardos and Anglicare. Contact can be made by phone on 6257 5029.
Building Housing Partnerships
Building Housing Partnerships has achieved the following;
- Increased supports for people at risk through the addition of 39 properties under the Transitional Support Service;
- Established base line data on social isolation and support needs of older public housing tenants through the Housing Our Senior Tenants program (HOST);
- Provision of support to almost 700 people (139 July 2010-Oct 2010, 188 Nov 2010-Jan 2011, and approximately 360 Feb-May 2011) through the Supportive Tenancy Service.
First Point (Central Intake Service) and Social Housing Register (Common Waiting List)
First Point and the Social Housing Register have streamlined access to housing and homelessness services. The ACT Government has taken the complexity out of seeking accommodation and support services with the introduction of a single toll free number (1800 176 468) for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
First point and the Supportive Tenancy Service are collocated with Housing ACT Gateway services in the Central Access Point for social housing and homelessness support in the ACT.