Youth Justice & Continuing Care

Youth Justice Pathways Program

The program is for young people aged 17-23 who are at risk of becoming homeless and exiting youth justice centres on parole. The young person must be in receipt of an income, be willing to participate in the program/support meetings and have a need to develop independent living skills.

The purpose of the program is to facilitate a smooth transition from youth justice centres into the community by way of assisting the young people to develop the necessary skills required to live independently and to reduce the likelihood of re offending.

The program has two components - Intensive support and assistance to develop skills for independent living, formulate goals and obtain long term secure housing. The second component is Transitional Housing for a term of 6-12 months. All properties are furnished and close to public transport.

The young person is required to pay rent 25% of their income, or a set amount for those under 18 year of age, plus utilities.

Young People Continuing Care Program

The program is for young people aged 17-21 who are at risk of becoming homeless and leaving Department of Human Services (DHS) Leaving Care. The young person must be in receipt of an income, be willing to participate in the program/support meetings and have a need to develop independent living skills.The purpose of the program is to facilitate a smooth transition from protective services care to independence and reduce the likelihood of future homelessness.

The program has two components - Intensive support and assistance to develop skills for independent living, formulate goals and obtain long term secure housing. The second component is Transitional Housing for a term of 6-12 months. All properties are furnished and close to public transport.

The young person is required to pay rent 25% of their income, or a set amount for those under 18 year of age, plus utilities.

Koala Program

The Koala program is early intervention and support for young people aged 16-18 who are preparing to leave DHS care, are identified as being at risk of homelessness, have the capacity to develop the skills to live in supported accommodation, and have limited community connections. The young people are identified by DHS approximately 12 months prior to leaving care, the program has the capacity to support the young person for up to two years.

Ideally the program will assist with the development of a transition plan, assess the young person's skills and housing options whilst developing a wraparound support package in consultation with other professionals to assist the young person to develop the skills required to live independently.

The provision of the Koala Program does not come with housing.

Gilbert Road Program

This program is designed to improve the opportunities and outcomes for young people aged from 17 exiting DHS statutory care who have minimal support networks. This is achieved through the provision of intensive support, safe and affordable housing and an emphasis on accessing and maintaining employment, education and training. The program aims to develop a range of resources, networks and relationships as appropriate to ensure positive outcomes for the young people. The program and housing is for a period of two years.

The young person is required to pay rent 25% of their income, or a set amount for those under 18 year of age, plus utilities.

 

Referrals to all programs are via the relative DHS department (Youth Justice or Continuing Care).