Vulnerable Young Western Australians to benefit from Access Housing’s partnership with SJOG

12 Feb 2016

Horizon House logoAccess Housing’s newly formed partnership with St John of God Health Care through its Horizon House program will increase affordable housing options for young Western Australians experiencing or at serious risk of homelessness.

Horizon House is part of St John of God’s commitment to social outreach and provides long-term stable accommodation and support for young people aged 16-22 to enable them to access education, training and/or employment opportunities. Horizon House clients are provided with additional support where specific needs are identified, as some of the challenges clients have faced in their young lives include general health issues, family conflict, physical or mental abuse, a lack of education, homelessness, substance abuse, limited social skills and unemployment.

Horizon House operates a three tier program:
1. Accommodation and intensive support for a period of up to 12 months
2. Transitional accommodation and support for a period of up to 12 months
3. Outreach to support independent living for a period of up to 12 months

Access Housing’s two-year pilot project with Horizon House will see 10 program clients move into Access Housing properties as part of the program’s second tier.

Access Housing General Manager – Tenancy Services Allan Wilkerson said the company was proud to assist Horizon House clients work towards independence through provision of affordable housing as they committed themselves to education, training or employment.

Horizon House is an holistic program that aims to assist some of the most vulnerable young Western Australians and nurture them from a crisis point through to self-sufficiency and independence – goals that align with Access Housing’s strategic pillar of making a difference in people’s lives,” Mr Wilkerson said.

“The role of secure, affordable housing in the journey towards self-sufficiency and independence cannot be understated and it is with great pride that Access Housing can participate in and contribute to this fantastic initiative.”

Mr Wilkerson said there was scope for Access Housing to build upon its involvement with the Horizon House program in the years ahead once the pilot project concluded.

St John of God Social Outreach Director Youth Services Ros Fahey was delighted to welcome Access Housing as a partner of the Horizon House program.

“Through its contribution of affordable housing, Access Housing has played a key role in growing Tier Two of the Horizon House program in Western Australia and supporting more vulnerable young people to take the next step on their journey towards independence,” Ms Fahey said.

“By giving young people the opportunity to make a gradual transition towards independent living we are able to give them the best chance of success.

“Providing opportunities to move into transitional accommodation will mean additional beds become available in our Tier One Houses that provide intensive support, so there is a positive flow-on effect.

“Assessments have shown that young people who stay at Horizon House for more than 12 months experience greater success in stabilising their lives.

“Our objective is to support young people to identify and achieve their own individual goals so they can realise a brighter future for themselves and fulfil their potential.”

To learn more about St John of God Horizon House, please click here.