This week during Homelessness Week, Neami is one of the many organisations bringing attention to the experiences of people sleeping rough, the issues and complexities of homelessness and the action needed to work towards solutions.
We are proud to deliver a number of homelessness support services in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. We bring our experience and specialist knowledge to work with organisations and partners across sectors to support people experiencing homelessness.
Partnerships with purpose in South Australia
Street to Home
In South Australia, Neami’s Street to Home program provides a housing-first approach to supporting people sleeping rough in the Adelaide CBD. Staff work in outreach teams to establish relationships and pathways that make housing a real option for people who are sleeping rough, connecting them to support, crisis assistance and primary health care. Street to Home is funded by Housing SA, a division of the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.
Neami National and Street to Home are major partners in the Adelaide Zero Project. A collective impact project led by the Don Dunston Foundation committed to ending street homelessness in inner city Adelaide. Neami is the lead agency for the By-Name List, which involves knowing every person sleeping rough by name and coordinating local resources to quickly meet their needs. Having real time data on homelessness will allow the project to understand gaps and strategies most effective in driving down the number of people sleeping rough.
Specialist support in New South Wales
Macarthur Accommodation and Access Program (MAAP)
In the Campbelltown and the Camden Local Government Areas of Sydney, the Macarthur Accommodation and Access Program (MAAP) has provided accommodation and support for couples, LGBTIQ couples and single men without children since 2014. This includes men exiting custody or mental health acute care.
The service offers an early response to prevent homelessness, providing safe and supported crisis and transitional accommodation, rapid rehousing and intensive support for people with complex needs.
Macarthur Accommodation and Access Program has a strong focus on providing services for Aboriginal people and services that are accessible to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Last year, Macarthur Accommodation and Access Program supported 363 individuals and couples.
Since 2010 Neami has operated the specialist homelessness service Way2Home in Sydney. Way2Home promotes a housing first approach which focuses on helping clients access and sustain long-term supported housing solutions. The service works in partnership with The Department of Family and Community Services, the City of Sydney council, community housing providers, health services and other community and specialist homelessness services. Way2Home focuses on the needs of those sleeping rough on the streets of Sydney. In the last year Way2Home has supported 748 people. Since the service began it has successfully housed 496 people.
Targeted approaches in Victoria
Since 2013, Wadamba Wilam (Renew Shelter) has supported the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing homelessness in Darebin and Whittlesea.
The service provides holistic support which includes; mental health, housing, physical health, social and cultural wellbeing, substance use, employment and education. The service is an innovative partnership led by Neami involving the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS), UnitingCare ReGen and the Northern Area Mental Health Service (NAMHS). Wadamba Wilam has supported 73 consumers since it began operating.
In Melbourne, the Towards Home program, run in partnership with Launch Housing, was established in 2017 to provide intensive, flexible and specialist support and accommodation for people with histories of recurring and persistent homelessness. The program was set up with the support of the Victorian Government as a direct response to inner-city homelessness.
For more information about Neami National’s approach to homelessness support, contact us at email@example.com.