Too many Australians are currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These people are often experiencing a range of disadvantages, including substance misuse, mental illness, disability, family violence, discrimination and social isolation.
The St Vincent de Paul Society has a strong commitment to the range of issues that lead single men and women, women and children, two parent families, men with children and young men and women to become homeless or at risk of homelessness. All our services provide case-management and advocacy for each client.
At St Vincent de Paul, we support those experiencing or at risk of homelessness with personal attention, a holistic approach and realistic solutions. We recognise that most people who experience homelessness will suffer depression and or some other form of mental illness, their physical health will deteriorate, there is high dependency on alcohol and or other drugs though the stigma and shame is higher with women than men, and nearly all will have suffered some trauma either as a child or adult or both.
Our professionally trained staff personally liaise with people to address the range of disadvantages they are facing. Our goal is to work in partnership with those who require our support, to find workable solutions to maximise each person’s level of independence to live in the community.
Depending on your state or territory, our homelessness services also include hostels and outreach services. They can provide immediate support and accommodation in times of crisis as well as facilitating access to more permanent housing and other essential services. These services range from provision of nutritional meals, clothing, showers and basic medical to intensive case management, legal and housing support, specialised health care, advocacy and providing a safe, welcoming environment for people who are sleeping rough and have experienced trauma.
Learn more about Vinnies housing support in Tasmania.