Doorway is an innovative and evidence-based housing and recovery program that supports people experiencing mental health issues who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, in securing and sustaining a home within the private rental market. The Victorian State Government has funded Wellways to deliver the Doorway program to 100 people between 2014 and 2018. Doorway is being delivered in partnership with the Alfred Hospital, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Peninsula Health and St Vincent’s Hospital, and is supported by the REIV (Real Estate Institute of Victoria).

Doorway provides a collaborative approach to supporting you in choosing a home, building on your personal recovery and developing skills for sustaining your home in the community of your choice. A Housing and Recovery Worker will assist you in finding a suitable, affordable home in the private rental market. You will be supported in building skills to maintain your tenancy, working through your recovery related goals, finding employment and becoming involved in your local community.

When you enter the Doorway program, you are required to pay 30% of your income and Commonwealth Rent Assistance directly to your real estate agent towards your rent. Doorway will pay the difference for up to 18 months.

An independent evaluation of the Doorway three-year Demonstration Project, delivered between 2011-2014, highlighted one-third of participant’s mental health improved to the point that they no longer required case management with clinical services and after entering Doorway “the majority of participants achieved stable and secure private rental accommodation for the first time in their lives”.

To be eligible for Doorway, you will need to:

  • be homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • have a serious mental health issue
  • currently have a case manager at one of our partnered clinical services
  • want to live within a Doorway catchment area
  • be willing to accept weekly support from a Housing and Recovery Worker
  • consent to your de-identified results of assessments being used for research 

Referrals to the Doorway program are through the case managers at one of our partnered clinical service providers.

For more information, please contact Wellways on 1300 111 400.