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Homefront crisis accommodation

Women's crisis accommodation

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Homefront is a state-wide crisis accommodation service for women aged 25 and over, without accompanying children. Homefront provides a safe and supportive environment for women who are experiencing homelessness as a result of a crisis.

These crisis situations may include family violence, poverty, sexual violence, physical and mental illness, problematic drug and alcohol use, and trauma. Women who access Homefront may be experiencing homelessness for the first time; or may have experienced chronic homelessness for many years. 

Women can stay for an average of six weeks at Homefront, which has the capacity to house 11 women at a time. Whilst staying at Homefront, women are allocated a case manager who helps them find longer-term appropriate housing that is secure and safe.

Housing options (after Homefront) may include private rental, transitional housing, self-contained rooming house accommodation, or public housing. Women who secure transitional housing during their stay at Homefront continue to be supported by Sacred Heart Mission until they gain long-term housing. Homefront currently provides outreach support to approximately thirty women who live in transitional housing.

Additionally, Homefront directly manages the tenancies of two properties provided by the Orcadia Foundation. These units are an invaluable resource which can be used to accommodate women without an income who face extreme poverty and disadvantage. This is an area of increasing need. For example, women who leave a violent relationship while on a Spousal Visa are not entitled to any Centrelink benefits or Medicare, until they are able to gain a permanent visa of their own. Last year Homefront staff supported six women with no income in these properties.

Homefront offers a holistic response to the diverse life experiences of the women who access the service. Women are supported to connect with a range of relevant services (e.g. counselling, family and sexual violence services, mental illness supports/ treatment, legal and financial assistance practitioners, drug and alcohol services), to strengthen their capacity to successfully sustain appropriate housing, and to foster their resilience and confidence in their own skills and knowledge.

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0132,414Meals served through our meals program in 2017
01,7000Volunteers contributed more than 66,000 hours in 2017
05,700Responses to requests for support at our Women’s House in 2017
Sacred Heart Mission respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate our services. We pay our respects to the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal peoples, and to Elders past, present and future.
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