Wellways is offering a new homeless support program for people with mental health issues in Victoria called, “The Way Home”. Participants have a worker who assists them with finding somewhere to live, developing tenancy skills and maintaining a home.
Aimed at people with a psychosocial disability, The Way Home is for people already covered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme who may be “couch surfing”, sleeping rough or at risk of becoming homeless.
“This program is already finding great success, with one of our first participants having found a private rental property with the support of our workers,” said Wellways Housing Services manager Beth Fogerty.
“The mother of five was facing eviction from her private rental, which would have left her and her children facing homelessness. This experience was exacerbating her mental health due to the immense stress of her situation, making it even harder to look for and secure a new home,” Ms Fogerty said.
“Working with The Way Home Program and worker to secure this property has left the participant feeling empowered and positive about her future, and excited to move into her new property”.
The support continues even once a house is found. “Our program worker will continue to work with the participant providing resources they can use throughout the tenancy and work alongside their NDIS team and supports to advocate for their housing needs and goals,” Ms Fogerty said.
The Way Home is funded by an Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant, through the National Disability Insurance Agency.
The Way Home is currently accepting referrals in Geelong, central highlands and north east Melbourne (Darebin, Whittlesea and Nillumbik).
For eligibility and referral information, see the Way Home page.