Housing Support Services
Alice Springs Youth Accommodation & Support Services (ASYASS)
ASYASS believes that all people have a right to secure, appropriate and affordable housing. Many young people are often disadvantaged in their access to housing through factors such as inexperience, family crisis and breakdown, financial insecurity and community prejudice.
The Youth Housing Program Provides semi-independent accommodation (up to 12 months) to young people 16-21yo. The ASYASS Housing Program currently manages these properties are located across Alice Springs. The housing program offers young people, who are unable to reside with family, through case management the opportunity to re-engage with education, training or to gain employment, as well as to develop and strengthen life skills (including living skills) required to establish themselves independently. Where appropriate ASYASS also supports and encourages involvement with family.
Crisis Youth Refuge
Provides safe supported accommodation for young men and women, 15-17yo, inclusive 24 hrs/7days a week. Accommodation can be provided for one night up to 3 months. During their stay at ASYASS Youth Refuge, young people will also be provided supported though case management (where appropriate).
Young people will also be supported to:
- identify and work towards their goals;
- address their health, education and income needs;
- develop appropriate life skills
- (re)engage with family (where appropriate); and
- access long term accommodation where necessary
The Youth Refuge provides safe supported accommodation for young men and women, 15 – 17 years, inclusive 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. Accommodation can be provided for one night or up to 3 months.
Ampe Akweke (pronounced – umba kooka) “Little Babies Place”
Ampe Akweke is a place for single young women / mothers Program 14-23 years of age. Ampe akweke offers both outreach support and residential support, if the single young women / mothers have no where suitable and safe to stay. Young women can stay in the safe house for up to 3 months. Ampe akweke works with the young women to ensure they have theirs, their unborn child or their babies health needs met. Ampe akweke family support workers provide parenting education and support as well as case management to all young women accessing the program.
Emergency Relief Program
ASYASS administers Emergency Relief funds to young people who find themselves needing financial assistance in the form of:
- purchase vouchers of a fixed value (e.g for food, clothes)
- assistance to obtain appropriate forms of identification
- material assistance such as blankets, clothing or school needs
- appropriate referrals to other services that help to address underlying causes of financial crisis
This Program is administered from our office located at 12 Undoolya Road
This program is a hub for information, training, life skills development, advocacy and support. More than just a drop in centre, a calendar of training and activities is provided monthly.
Support workers are available to young people who are not necessarily in our other programs. Outreach and emergency support are provided through this service and they provide linkages to other services.
They can be assisted to do their laundry, have a shower, assisted with food, clothing and medical needs.
Anglicare NT – Assistance with Care & Housing (ACHA)
Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) is a referral and linkage service for older people aged 65 years or over (50 or over for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples) who are homeless,at risk of homelessness or under housing stress. ACHA assists people explore and secure housing and ongoing support options.
Anglicare NT – Commonwealth Home Support Program (CSHP)
The CSHP provides entry level support and practical assistance to older people aged 65 years or over (50 or over for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples) to help them stay at home and maintain their independence. Assistance provided in each region varies but may include assistance around the house,personal care,maintenance,meals,transport,flexible and cottage respite and social support (individual and group activities to keep people connected,healthy and active).
Anglicare NT – Garrawarra (Managed Accommodation Complex)
Garrawarra provides transitional accommodation (short to medium-term) to individuals,couples and families experiencing homelessness. We focus on engagement,food security,health and wellbeing,building parenting,life and tenancy skills,connections to support systems,culture and community and planning for the future. Accommodation is provided within a ground level accommodation complex comprised of 2 and 3 BR units /houses. Complimentary activities are conducted on site such as HIPPY,school transport,meal preparation,cultural events and group work. *People must be on the public housing waitlist to be eligible.
Anglicare NT – Housing Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI)
After 4+ years of supporting people through the ‘Housing and Support Initiative‘ (HASI) in the Greater Darwin and Katherine communities, from January 2 2023, Anglicare NT will no longer deliver this service. Please note the provider of the new ‘Housing Support Program’ is the Salvation Army. We wish the Salvation Army well with the new program.
HASI has made a positive difference in the lives of many people and Anglicare NT would like to thank participants, carers, our staff and stakeholders and in particular Top End Mental Health Services for your contribution to this initiative and the journey from service establishment, implementation, evaluation through to the transition process. We also acknowledge Department of Health for funding HASI and the guidance provided by members of the HASI Reference Group.
Please direct enquiries regarding the new Housing Support Program to:
The Salvation Army
House 49, 49 Mitchell Street Darwin
Phone (08) 89815994
Anglicare NT – Housing Options Pathways Program
The Housing Options Pathway Program (HOPP) supports people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. HOPP provides case management,outreach support,mentoring,vocational links, practical assistance,food security,life skills and tenancy education to individuals and families who need support to stabilise circumstances,secure accommodation,maintain existing tenancies and plan for the future.
Anglicare NT – OutCARE (Men’s Pre & Post Release Supported Accommodation Program)
OutCARE provides accommodation (share houses) and supports people leaving prison to rebuild their lives, reconnect with family and work towards a positive future. This includes helping with immediate practical needs on release, linking with employment, training and community supports and exploring longer term goals.
Anglicare NT – Transitional Accommodation and Homelessness Support Service (Alice Springs)
We provide transitional accommodation (short to medium-term) and case management support to individuals, couples and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. People are assisted to sort through presenting issues and stabilise their circumstances. We focus on engagement, food security, health and wellbeing, building parenting, life and tenancy skills, connections to support systems, culture and community and planning for the future. Accommodation is provided through 2 main multi-unit accommodation complexes.
Anglicare NT – Youth Accommodation Support Service (YASS)
YASS provides transitional accommodation (short to medium term),case management, outreach support, information, referrals and advocacy support to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness aged between 15 – 19 years in Katherine, Darwin and Palmerston (and the rural) areas. We work with young people, stakeholders and communities to raise awareness about Youth Homelessness and to explore solutions.
Anglicare NT – Youth Housing Options & Pathways Program (Y-HOPP)
YYHOPP provides accommodation and assists 15–19 year olds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to develop the necessary skills to access and sustain housing in the private, communty and social housing rental sectors. YHOPP has a strong focus on engagement with training and employment opportunities and securing long term housing options.