COVID-19 service delivery update - (click to close)
We understand that the current situation with COVID-19 can be overwhelming and cause additional housing stress.
All Social Futures essential services remain open. Our staff are working flexibly to continue to meet your needs while ensuring we keep our community safe. We are here to help young people and adults who are experiencing homelessness or risk of homelessness through our Connecting Home program.
To help minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 we will primarily provide support over the phone with face to face appointments in exceptional circumstances only. If required to meet in person, we will practice physical distancing of at least 2 metres and will keep the meeting under 15 minutes.
If you or someone you know is experiencing or is at risk of homelessness, please call 1800 048 310 (Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm).
Please note, many more people than usual are accessing our services at this time. If we can’t answer your call straight away, please leave a message with your number so we can return it as soon as possible.
In an emergency you can call Link2home on 1800 152 152 – this number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
“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.
Connecting Home Youth Team also includes Northern Youth project which assists young people (16-24 years old) by intervening early to prevent homelessness, or assist people who are already experiencing homelessness to break the cycle of homelessness.
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
- Rekindling the Spirit representing Northern NSW Aboriginal Health Alliance
- St Vincent De Paul – Lismore Diocese
- The Family Centre Inc
- North Coast Community Housing company Ltd
Download our brochure here:
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).
Read the ABC Article here: https://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/08/06/4287905.htm Listen to the ABC interview:
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