“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
- 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: https://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/08/06/4287905.htm Listen to the ABC interview:
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