Every person who is homeless in this country has their own unique story and set of circumstances.
A young person who has seen his family break apart, a mother and children fleeing domestic violence and a single man with a drug problem will all have different needs.
This is why our support services need to be wide-ranging and flexible.
From our research and experience working with people who are homeless, Mission Australia believes the most effective support services are those that respond quickly to a person’s particular needs – including their housing, health, education and employment requirements.
Importantly, these services must build on a person’s strengths so they can stand on their own two feet again.
And because homelessness affects the whole community, we understand it’s vital to work with other service providers to share resources, local knowledge and solutions.
Partnerships to reduce homelessness
Mission Australia works with all levels of government, charities, the police and healthcare providers to meet the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness.
Homelessness is too important an issue to tackle alone: it requires a coordinated approach.
We believe the best way to identify people who are at risk of homelessness, provide effective support services to those who do become homeless and finding homes for them is best done through linking up with other community agencies.
It’s an approach that gives people experiencing homelessness better access to services and better outcomes.
This is why we believe greater cooperation between local agencies and improved regional planning, with input from the community services sector, businesses and members of the local community, is vital if we are to address homelessness.
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