Together Home is a part of the NSW government's Housing First initiative, where immediate secure accommodation is seen as the key to allowing individuals the freedom to pursue individualised, and self-determined pathways to sustainably transition out of homelessness. Instigated in 2020, this collaboration secured $36.1m in funding to enable Community Housing Providers to support each client of this program with two years of subsidised private rental market housing, and wraparound service support. The clients of Together Home are people who were living in homelessness, and entered into Temporary Accommodation during the 2020 and 2021 lockdown periods. Together Home is a collaboration between the NSW Government, the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS), and Community Housing Providers (CHPs).
The aim of the two-year support period is to allow time for clients and support providers to plan and work towards the individual's long-term sustainable housing and lifestyle goals. Wraparound support is achieved through the co-ordination of all levels of support, service-based and otherwise.
The team provides the wraparound client support for the St George Community Housing, and Metro Community Housing Together Home clients. We have three case managers who work from a trauma-informed, strengths-based model of care, and all support is directed by the outcome goals of the clients. Our aim is to help bolster strengths in :