Authors: Gavin Cane, NSW
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Homelessness: Keeping in Contact, HOUSING SERVICE
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Family Linking Project at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre was developed to provide people with a disability who reside in licensed boarding houses with the opportunity to seek out family members or friends with whom they had lost contact. The service operated in the following ways by: Providing assistance to residents to conduct their own searches. Conducting searches at the service level; Providing assistance to residents with meeting pre-requisites of other linking services, such as getting a birth certificate, filling out forms and making an application; Complementing existing services by providing options to search for friends as well as family members; Providing support when families did reconnect. The service was met with an enthusiastic response from eighteen residents. This paper will outline the processes used, outcomes and difficulties experienced by all involved in providing an oft forgotten aspect of life.