Authors: Julie Millard, NSW
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: housing accommodation support initiative, rural, remote, regional, Accommodation Programs
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Housing Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) is an exciting tri-partisan program funded by the Centre for Mental Health between Non-Government organisations, Office of Community Housing and area mental health services to establish permanent supported accommodation services for people with a mental illness who have high support needs in rural areas. Richmond Fellowship of NSW has long been aware of the unmet need in rural areas but like other organizations the tyranny of distance proved to be a stumbling block. The HASI program has now provided the opportunity to establish and maintain high support accommodation services in the Greater Murray, New England and Far West areas. Each region has its own unique characteristics yet has similarities to metropolitan areas. Interest and participation in establishing these services has been well received and positive not only by local mental health services but also by local communities. The main focus is on bringing people home and the economic benefits for local communities. This paper will further explore these dimensions as well as provide an opportunity for discussion on the development of services from a rural perspective.