More than 200 guests gathered at the Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra on Thursday 22 March 2012 to attend the Inaugural National Homelessness Sector Achievement Awards.
Of the twenty-three finalists, seven winners were announced.
Excellence or innovation in addressing homelessness by an organisation
Maroondah Halfway House (winner 2012)
Maroondah Halfway House, in partnership with another specialist domestic and family violence service, Brenda House, have developed Victoria’s first state- wide domestic and family violence, homelessness and disability response that focuses on individual circumstances while encouraging community responsibility. The program focuses on addressing each woman and child’s practical and emotional needs and issues arising from the violence - while attempting to find accommodation that is most appropriate to the woman’s individual circumstances.
- Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation
- HomeGround Services
- The Salvation Army (Tasmania)
- Youth Futures WA
Excellence in the prevention of, or early intervention in, homelessness
Rural Housing Network Limited (winner 2012)
By building the bridge between the private rental sector and the people at risk of experiencing homelessness in Wodonga (Victoria), the Early Intervention to Sustain Affordable Housing Program (run by Rural Housing Network) has been successful in assisting a number of people to find and secure affordable long term housing. The program was successful in preventing people entering the homelessness service system by building people’s knowledge about when and how to seek support and how to navigate the housing system.
- Relationships Australia (SA) Health Promotion Services
- Queensland Police Service – Brisbane City Station
Outstanding business or philanthropic commitment to addressing homelessness
Kids Under Cover with Hocking Stuart Real Estate (winner 2012)
Kids Under Cover is a pioneer in the prevention of youth homelessness through its unique suite of programs including the Studio Program, the Scholarship Program and the Mentoring Program. These programs focus on providing homes and support services to keep young people connected to their families, engaged in education, and part of the community. The three-year partnership between Kids Under Cover and Hocking Stuart has brought in much needed awareness and funds to support many young people who found themselves in unfortunate situations, which not only affect themselves, but their families and wider community.
Excellence or innovation in partnerships in delivering services
Wentworth Community Housing (winner 2012)
Wentworth Community Housing is the lead agency for Project 40, which provides supportive housing for chronically homeless, highly vulnerable people. In just one year, Project 40 has made a big difference to a number of people who have been chronically homeless, including people sleeping rough, people from the Indigenous community experiencing chronic homelessness as well as vulnerable families. It has brought the regional homelessness service system together in a united effort to resolve — rather than manage — homelessness.
Closing the gap: Excellence in addressing Indigenous homelessness
Children’s Services Support Unit (CSSU) (winner 2012)
Children’s Services Support Unit (CSSU) runs Wadeye Safe House in Wadeye community in the Northern Territory. Wadeye Safe House provides a safe place for women and children who have experienced family or domestic violence or are otherwise at risk of experiencing harm or neglect in their current living arrangement. Despite many challenges faced with running the services in the remote, and on occasion, volatile community — in just 10 months since its inception, Wadeye Safe House has managed to improve overall wellbeing of many Indigenous women.
Excellence in supporting pathways to employment or education
Southern Youth and Family Services Association Inc. (winner 2012)
For more than 30 years, Southern Youth and Family Services have been helping young people and their families that are vulnerable, disadvantaged and experiencing homelessness. SYFS is an integrated service that provides a range of services including supported accommodation; social housing; early intervention and family support and counselling; court support; brokerage and financial assistance; youth health services; living and social skills; training including parenting skills; and education, training and employment support.
Excellence in addressing homelessness in a regional, rural or remote location
Life Without Barriers (winner 2012)
Life Without Barrier’s Assertive Outreach Service has helped many individuals and families in the Riverland (South Australia) who are sleeping rough to resolve a current crisis, re-establish links and re-establish their ability to live independently. This includes people from the Indigenous communities. Assertive Outreach Service works with each client individually to address their particular needs. In addition to providing them with supported short-term and crisis accommodation, in collaboration with other organisations, Assertive Outreach Service works on resolving the cause of their homelessness. It does so by linking affected people with education, health and employment opportunities.
Copies of the Finalists Booklet are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org