How The Way Home works
The Way Home assists NDIS participants with a psychosocial disability to secure safe and sustainable housing in the private rental market or community housing.
The Individual Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) funded program provides two complementary streams of support to ultimately improve access to housing for people with a psychosocial disability who are homeless or at risk of homelessness:
Support for the individual
A Wellways Housing Support coordinator works alongside both the participant and the housing provider to establish reciprocal and sustainable relationships and empower and educate individuals to successfully manage their tenancy with the support of their care team.
Support for NDIS Providers
The Way Home aims to improve the housing literacy of Local Area Coordinators, NDIA Planners, and NDIS Support Coordinators. This will be achieved by providing resources that assist in identifying tenancies at risk, and show how to initiate the appropriate supports. The program utilises evidence based early intervention strategies.
To be eligible for referral to The Way Home, a participant must:
- be homeless or at risk of homelessness
- have a psychosocial disability
- have a current NDIS package and currently receiving NDIS support services within Geelong, central highlands or north east Melbourne (Darebin, Whittlesea and Nillumbik)
- be willing to accept weekly support from a Wellways Housing Worker
The Way Home process
The Way Home Housing Worker and the NDIS provider will work as an integrated team from referral, intake and assessment, to the development of a participant’s housing action plan and ongoing recovery support. The program focuses on the participant being the director of this support and includes the participant’s family and friends.
The Way Home is currently accepting referrals for Geelong, central highlands and north east Melbourne regions. Referrals can be made using the referral form.
To find out more about the referral process, how The Way Home works or if you have any questions about the program, call The Way Home team on 1300 111 400.
The Way Home is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and is delivered by Wellways. The program is supported by the Real Estate Institute of Victoria.