“Support for youth, men, women and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness”
Connecting Home works with people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to achieve long-term housing goals. This might be through supporting people to reconnect with their families or by helping people to find secure accommodation options. Connecting Home is an early intervention and prevention service which engages people prior to crisis to ensure people stay housed. It also provides crisis response through emergency short-term accommodation in collaboration with Housing NSW and the state-wide Link2Home Service.
Where do we work?
Social Futures and the Communities North Consortium are delivering specialist homelessness services across the Northern District including Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Richmond and Clarence Local Government Areas.
Who can we help?
Through Connecting Home we can work with youth (people aged 16-24 years old); we can provide accommodation support to people who are 18 years old or over and we can also provide specialist complex case management for people aged over 18 years old.
Our Consortium Partners
The Connecting Home Consortium brings together Specialist Homeless Services and mainstream services to provide an integrated, district-wide response to homelessness building on strong local/District presence and networks. Social Futures is Lead Agency of the Consortium. Members include:
- Byron Bay Community Centre
- Murwillumbah Community Centre
- Rekindling the Spirit representing Northern NSW Aboriginal Health Alliance
- North Coast Primary Health Network
- Northern Rivers Women’s and Children’s Services Inc.
- St Vincent De Paul – Lismore Diocese
- The Family Centre Inc
- North Coast Community Housing company Ltd
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Have a look at our Homelessness Exposed Photography Exhibition Homelessness Exposed: sharing the stories of people who have experienced homelessness was a photographic exhibition that aimed to raise awareness of the changing face of homelessness, challenge negative stereotypes and promote the Connecting Home program. It was held at the Lismore’s Dragonfly Café to raise awareness of Homelessness Prevention Week 2015 (August 3-9, 2015).Download
Read the ABC Article here: http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/08/06/4287905.htm Listen to the ABC interview
Related programs and services
Sustainable House Day & Design Competition
This year’s Sustainable House Design Competition will be bigger than ever, combining with Tweed ‘Living for the Future’ Expo held on Saturday 16 September, 2017 10am – 4pm at the Seagulls Club, Gollan Drive, Tweed Heads West. The Expo will be followed by the Tweed River Fest, kicking off a great day of family fun. Entries for the Build it Local Design Competition close Friday September 1.
Petition to Pru Goward: Increase the number of beds for homeless young people
The Family Centre has a petition online for its Youth Homelessness Matters Campaign, advocating for additional accommodation for young people experiencing challenges with homelessness in the Tweed area.
Agape Outreach: Helping the Homeless and Needy in Tweed Shire
Agape Outreach Inc. now has a permanent venue at 8/6 Enterprise Ave, Sth Tweed Heads, serving the homeless and needy of the Tweed shire.
National Homelessness Week (7-13 August): Homelessness NSW events including NATIONAL LAUNCH
Homelessness NSW would like to invite you to two upcoming events during National Homelessness Week (7th-13th August). The National Homelessness Week/ Homelessness guidelines launch is on Monday 7 August 2017 in Sydney at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre from 9-12:30pm; and Sustaining Tenancies – practical solutions to tenant debt is on Thursday 10 August at Gilbert+Tobin, Barangaroo from 8am – 10am.
‘It’s Not Just About the Cities’ – Housing Affordability in the Northern Rivers
Convener of the Northern Rivers Housing Forum Trish Evans has written an article on housing affordability for the latest issue of Shelter NSW’s publication, Around the House.
National Social Housing Survey 2016: Summary of results
This report presents a national summary of the results of the 2016 National Social Housing Survey (NSHS), and reports findings from public housing, community housing and state owned and managed Indigenous housing tenants.
Driving Growth in Disability Housing
The ‘Driving Growth in Disability Housing’ conference will bring together cross sector industry figures, to collectively share and develop practical strategies for disability housing growth. It’s on in Sydney 22 August – 23 August 2017.
NCOSS Pre-Budget Submission and Post-Budget Breakfast
NCOSS is celebrating a significant win following last week’s announcement that the NSW Government will deliver a second phase of the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF). The initial SAHF will generate over 2,000 units of social and affordable housing for NSW.
Homelessness NSW Response to NSW Housing Package
The Premier’s housing package will not fully address housing issues for many NSW families and needs more detail how will provide the 100,000 new affordable rental homes needed in NSW, peak housing and homeless bodies warn.
Calls to Stop ‘Revolving Door’ Between Prisons and Homelessness
Peak homelessness bodies, together with criminal justice advocates, are calling for urgent action to see a “monumental boost” to social housing after new data found 4,000 people went from prison to living it rough last year, Pro Bono News reports.