Excellence or innovation in addressing homelessness by an organisation

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Award recipient

Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) through Sacred Heart Mission, VIC

‘Journey to Social Inclusion’ is a Sacred Heart Mission initiated service model which demonstrates that, with the right investment, it is possible to end a person's long term homelessness and that it makes economic sense. The pilot, which operated in Victoria, supported 40 people who had been chronically homeless and with complex needs. The model is underpinned by intensive case management that relies upon the importance of a long-term relationship between the individual client and their case worker.

Other finalists

Wintringham Specialist Aged Care, VIC

Wintringham Specialist Aged Care supports older men and women at risk of homelessness to ensure that they have equal access to mainstream aged care and housing services. Wintringham provides 236 aged care beds in five facilities and manages 452 independent living units across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Through the management of 536 federal aged care packages, older people are given the support needed to maintain successful tenancies. Wintringham continually seeks to demonstrate its guiding values of options, dignity and rights through philanthropic partnerships, quality accommodation and by meeting complex individual needs.

Tierney House through St Vincent’s Health Network, NSW

St Vincent’s Hospital, in collaboration with the NSW Ministry of Health and the Curran Foundation, established Tierney House, a 12-bedded residential unit in Darlinghurst, Sydney that offers an option for those with non-acute health issues undergoing or recuperating from medical treatment who are experiencing homelessness. It provides a gateway into health services not otherwise readily used, such as support programs focused on diabetes, healthy eating and exercise, mental health and wellbeing support, and oral health.

Restart through Mission Australia and Melbourne Citymission, VIC

Restart is a specialised program supporting vulnerable women who are at risk of homelessness. It also assists women with complex needs to find stable accommodation and explore employment and training options. Delivered in partnership with Mission Australia and Melbourne Citymission, Restart also provides support for women with children, with parental responsibilities playing an integral role in the intensive support.


To learn more about these programs read the National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards finalist booklet.


Content Updated: 26 September 2013