Youth Accommodation & Support
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 – ReConnect
ReConnect is a youth homelessness early intervention service. It is free,voluntary and confidential and focused on young people aged 12 to 18 of age (and their families) who have left home early or who are at risk of becoming homeless. We work closely with young people to address presenting issues,sort through family tensions and reconnect with family,school and community.
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.
CatholicCare NT – Youth Outreach
Young people can be at risk of homelessness due to different circumstances. When this happens, they can need help with family life, school or employment. The youth outreach program works with young people to help them become healthy, happy and avoid homelessness. We help young people aged 12 to 18 years in Tennant Creek that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We work with young people to address issues such as AOD misuse, family violence, mental health concerns and school non-attendance. We help them to strengthen family relationships and maintain stable accommodation. We help them to participate in education or employment.
Gap Youth & Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation
The Gap Youth and Community Centre is a grass roots organisation which was established in 1977 by the local Aboriginal Community. The organisation’s central goal is to provide a safe place for young Indigenous people and their families. Gap Youth has a high level of understanding of the youth context and a long history of delivering programs for young Aboriginal people in Alice Springs.
After-school is available to assist parents of primary school children attending local schools.
Social and recreational activities are provided for infants and preschool children and their parents or carers.
Seniors’ Leather Workshop Group
Aboriginal elders meet to make leather goods.
Sport & Recreation
A sport & recreation program provides a range of activitiesincluding basketball, pool, table tennis and a drop-in centre with internet cafe facilities for children, young people and their families.
Stay Strong Women’s Group
A group focusing on issues of concern for young and adult indigenous women.
Various holiday programs assist parents by providing recreational activities for primary-school children.
Youth Homelessness Program (Reconnect)
A preventive early intervention program for 12 to 18 year olds and their families where the young person is homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program seeks to improve relationships where the youth is becoming disconnected from their families, school or work and where there is a risk of their leaving home prematurely without family support.
As an independent, membership-driven, not-for-profit association, we work with our members to support and strengthen AOD service delivery for people who experience harmful substance use in the NT.
Our mission is to build and maintain a strong, sustainable and culturally diverse Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) sector that works together to reduce alcohol and other drug related harm across the Northern Territory.
YWCA Australia – Housing Support Program
The Housing Support Programs consists of Independent Living – Medium Term Accommodation and Short Term Emergency Accommodation (up to 3 months) for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. YWCA is also available to offer outreach services to assist clients with maintaining existing tenancies.