Authors: Rosie Frankish, Vanessa Von Berg and Beth Fogerty, VIC
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Homelessness is a growing issue in Australia. The 2016 Melbourne City Street count indicated the number of people sleeping rough had increased by 70% within a two year timeframe from 2014-2016. Witte (2016) identifies a combination of systemic and social issues contributing to this increase. Welfare and community agencies in the homelessness sector highlight the need for evidence based, innovative programs which provide long term solutions to this expanding issue. In response, Wellways Australia’s Doorway Program was created to assist those who are homeless with a mental illness to access the private rental market and receive on-going support for their mental health recovery. This paper will highlight the program principles behind Doorway, outlining their objective and the preliminary outcomes aligned to these areas to date. Subsequently, this paper will explore adaptions to the Doorway Model to support greater population groups within the community who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of being so.