Michael’s Intensive Supported Housing Accord (MISHA)
The MISHA Project used a Housing First approach, which is about providing homeless people with immediate access to long-term, sustainable accommodation, rather than an initial stop-gap stay in a homeless shelter.
Unlike other programs that seek to address issues such as alcohol and drug abuse or mental health problems prior to placing participants in housing, this approach provides secure long-term housing as the very first step. Once a person has the foundation of a home they then receive intensive support to address their issues and maintain their tenancy.
Based in Parramatta, MISHA follows on from The Michael Project – a three-year initiative that aimed to improve the social inclusion of homeless men through intensive case management and wrap-around support services.
Case workers play a crucial role helping clients sustain tenancies through:
- Educating clients about their responsibilities as a tenant
- Advocating on behalf of clients to address tenancy issues
- Acting as an intermediary to facilitate communication between the client and social housing provider
- Assisting clients to work through their substance use and other mental health problems.
The critical elements of the MISHA model that contributed to its effectiveness are:
- Good quality and permanent housing
- Dedicated staff
- A focus on building self-reliance and independence
- A committed relationship with the housing providers
- Brokered or supported services to a full range of health and ancillary services
- Opportunities to socialise.
It is hoped that the research commissioned to evaluate the MISHA service model will make a significant contribution to the evidence base and inform government policy in the housing and homelessness fields.
- From Homelessness to Sustained Housing: MISHA Research Report 2010-2013
- Download the infographic.
- How homeless men are faring: MISHA Baseline report 2012
- A home at last: MISHA snapshot report July 2014
- Home safe and sound: MISHA snapshot report 2013 and the infographic
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