The Wellways Partners in Recovery program in Frankston, in association with the South Eastern Primary Health Network, has taken the lead in developing a new website for the sharing of housing information.

The South Eastern Melbourne Housing Guide was developed out of a recognised need by Wellways Partners in Recovery (PIR) Frankston to provide community service workers with an online housing resource for supporting their clients. Wellways PIR supports people with severe and enduring mental illness, many of whom are experiencing housing and accommodation difficulties. 

The Housing Guide is a reliable resource that assists workers in navigating housing services in the South Eastern Melbourne region. It was developed over the course of two workshops attended by support workers from local and state mental health and community care organisations who, in turn, discussed the development of the guide within their own networks. 

The aim was to develop information and skill sharing, among communities of support workers, to seamlessly assist clients who were homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“Housing issues are among the biggest problems support workers, in many different human services fields, have to deal with on a daily basis,” says Marinette Dames, Wellways South East Melbourne regional manager.

"We identified a major gap in our service system—that there was no specific training in supporting people with housing needs. This web guide goes a long way in filling this gap and making vital information available to the community.”

Anyone in the community can access the Housing Guide. The website will continue to evolve with the latest information, tools and links for exploring housing options in the South Eastern Melbourne region.