“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
Urgent action is required to address the growing demand for homelessness services – in 2016/17 over 74,000 clients were supported by homelessness services in New South Wales according to data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Three homelessness peaks have added their voices to the demand for action, with Homelessness NSW, Yfoundations and Domestic Violence NSW releasing a joint media release.
COAG’s 2010-2020 National Disability Strategy committed to support the National Dialogue for Universal Housing Design’s goal that all new homes will be of an agreed liveable design standard by 2020. At the direction of the Building Ministers Forum, the Australian Building Codes Board is assessing the need to regulate for liveability in all new housing in the National Construction Code.
FACS is undertaking development of a new Rent Choice product to assist adults with low incomes, who have been private renters over the long term but have suffered a single destabilising event, such as retrenchment or serious but finite illness, that has reduced their income and/or increased expenses. FACS has engaged Catherine Stuart from Lee Road Consulting to conduct consultations with local practitioners, to inform and develop the policy framework for the new Rent Choice product.
Welfare organisation the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) and the Foyer Foundation are joining forces to expand national projects around young people who have been homeless or at risk of homelessness – offering accommodation, education and preparation for employment, Pro Bono News reports.
Over 80 people representing local community groups, businesses, schools, not-for profit and government organisations attended the Murwillumbah and Kingscliff forums hosted by The Family Centre during September. The forums were convened in response to the alarmingly high level of youth homelessness in the community.
The Gold Coast Homelessness Network invites people to the Housing & Homelessness Sector Information Forum, being held Tuesday 26 September 2017, 9am-12pm (AEST) at Genesis Church in Carrara, Qld.
A new initiative is aiming to bring homelessness in Adelaide down to zero, Pro Bono News reports. The Zero Project, launched by the Don Dunstan Foundation, is targeting rough sleeping in Adelaide’s CBD in a bid to achieve functional zero homelessness – where the number of homeless people on any given night is no greater than the housing placement availability.
With the help of Mission Australia, Sydney’s Ivanhoe Estate will be overhauled to offer more than 1,000 new social housing dwellings and affordable homes.
Homelessness NSW invites people to attend the 2017 Regional Homelessness Summit which will take place on October 19-20 in Ballina. The Summit will coincide with National Anti-Poverty Week and will feature presentations, panels and workshop exploring best practice responses to addressing and prevent homelessness in a regional context.