Book of Proceedings: First Things First: People With Mental Illness Who Experience Homelessness, Creating A Home And Building Lives Through The Doorway Enhanced Housing First Demonstration Project

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Authors: Tracey Swadling and Ruby Partland, VIC

Year: 2012

Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-8-8

Abstract: Ml Fellowship supports homeless people to access housing in the private rental market in order to achieve improved mental health outcomes, social inclusion and economic participation. The organisation developed an enhanced version of Housing First to improve social inclusion and economic participation, utilising the following adaptations:
1. Personalised service design and an Integrated Team including clinical and community supports.
2. Specialist employment support.
3. Development of Natural Support Networks.
4. Peer support.
The project develops innovative partnerships with real estate agencies to secure private rental housing and empowers people to direct their own integrated support team. Two case studies are presented. In addition, early data from an independent evaluation is presented which measure the extent to which program participants have:
• Retained stable housing
• Lived with fewer formal support services.
• Gained work.
• Benefited from family and friends in maintaining stable housing.

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