‘Housing First’ approach shapes ’50 Lives 50 Homes’ project

18 Aug 2016

Access Housing has joined with Ruah Community Services to address the challenges of housing and supporting people with complex needs who are sleeping rough in inner city Perth.

Access Housing is one of 20 project partners and supporters of Ruah’s 50 Lives 50 Homes project. Through collaborative stakeholder efforts, the project seeks to permanently house and adequately support homeless people who are identified as being the most vulnerable and at highest risk based on their physical and/or mental health needs and the length of time they have been homeless.

50-Lives-50-Homes1The project identifies homeless people through a survey process carried out on the streets. The information collected is used to prioritise these people for housing and support, which is delivered using a ‘Housing First’ approach. This approach is based on the concept that a homeless individual’s first and primary need is to obtain stable housing and that other issues that may affect the person can and should be addressed once housing is obtained.

Access Housing was involved in the planning stages of the 50 Lives 50 Homes project and has committed housing to the project.

“It’s been a great experience to work with a wide range of support agencies to get this worthwhile project up and running,” Access Housing General Manager – Tenancy Services Allan Wilkerson said.

“Some of the stories we hear are very personal, and we look forward to sharing some of the success stories as they emerge.”

The Perth 50 Lives 50 Homes project is inspired by targeted campaigns such as the highly successful 100,000 Homes campaign in the USA, 50 Lives 50 Homes in Brisbane and 90 Lives 90 Homes in Sydney. The project provides a model for organisations, outreach workers, volunteers and communities to work together to identify and register people at risk, prioritise those most vulnerable and match them to appropriate community services and housing options.