Authors: John van der Giezen and Jon Purnell, WA
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Housing: Recovery, accommodation, fremantle
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Independent Living Program provides secure and stable accommodation in the community for people with a psychiatric disability in Western Australia. Fremantle Housing Association is one non-government agency in Perth that provides a “benevolent landlord” service under the program, currently providing 125 houses throughout the community for individuals and families affected by severe and enduring psychiatric disabilities. This paper will provide a brief history of the program in Fremantle, and outline the various partnerships that have been developed between community based housing providers, the Department of Housing and Works, mental health services, funding bodies, tenants and support agencies in order to keep the service equitable, accessible and relevant. Partnerships, like anything worthwhile, require hard work and maintenance to remain vital and effective, and like society itself, thrive on diversity and challenges. Fremantle Housing Association has an excellent history of innovation, inclusiveness and inter agency cooperation in community housing provision for people with a range of disabilities and disadvantage. Meeting the challenge of effective service provision requires constant and effective communication with tenants and their families, support services and at a policy level to provide the most effective service possible.