The connection between homelessness and mental illness is well known, especially amongst people with long histories of homelessness and who have spent time sleeping rough.
All our outreach support services address housing and homelessness prevention as a key factor in stabilising and improving health, but over the last five years we have seen the need to work more directly to end homelessness in the Australian community.
Way2Home works in partnership with City of Sydney, Housing NSW and Platform 70, health services, general practitioners and other community services to address the needs of the chronically homeless.
This service works with clients with complex needs who are sleeping rough, where outreach workers directly engage with clients on the streets offering assistance and case management.
The service has a housing first approach which focuses on helping clients access and sustain long-term supported housing solutions. This partnership has been an outstanding success amongst similar Street to Home models in other cities.
Neami Way2Home was a finalist in the 2013 National Homelessness Service Awards for its work to support people from long-term rough sleeping into safe, secure and affordable housing.
Wadamba Wilam (Renew Shelter)
Wadamba Wilam provides intensive outreach support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing homelessness and enduring mental illness.
We work in a holistic way to provide support in areas including mental health, housing, physical health, social and cultural wellbeing, substance use, employment and education. We coordinate with other services as needed.
Wadamba Wilam is a voluntary support program open to people based on eligibility criteria and service capacity.
Our team includes staff from each of our partners bringing together skills, experience and resources to support the social and emotional wellbeing of people in a culturally safe way.
For further details contact Wadamba Wilam (Renew Shelter)
Towards Home provides intensive, flexible and specialist support and accommodation for people with histories of recurring and persistent homelessness.
A first step to permanent and sustainable housing, residents have access to responsive, individually targeted, ‘wrap around’ support. Working holistically, the program aims to improve a resident’s wellbeing, social connectedness and address any mental health and physical health needs.
Towards Home is a partnership between Neami National and Launch Housing, supported by the Victorian Government.
For further details contact Towards Home
Macarthur Accommodation and Assistance Program (MAAP)
MAAP provides accommodation and support for couples and single men without children in Campbelltown and Camden Local Government Areas. This includes men exiting custody or mental health facilities.
The service intervenes early to prevent homelessness, providing safe and supported crisis and transitional accommodation, rapid rehousing and intensive support for complex needs.
This service has a strong focus on services to Aboriginal people and will ensure services are accessible to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
For further details contact MAAP.