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Care & housing for aged 50+

Assistance with Care and Housing program 

Group of three men and one women seated around the table in a communal space at Sacred Heart Community

Our Assistance with Care and Housing program (ACH) provides targeted advocacy and support to older women and men who come to our Dining Hall. At the Mission we witness first-hand how people experiencing homelessness often prematurely age. For this reason ACH works with people aged 50 and over whose needs often can’t be met by mainstream services as they are below the age qualification for entry.

ACH clients often present with a range of challenges including physical ill health, cognitive impairment, mental health issues and acquired brain injury. Additionally, years of isolation and sleeping rough can make it difficult for older clients to trust workers.

Critical to ACH’s success is an ability to engage with people, build trust and gradually, sometimes painstakingly, support them by linking them into services they require, be they medical or housing related. Sometimes client are supported to enter our aged care service. Others are assisted to live independently in the community, in rooming houses or in their own flat.

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0136,596Meals served through our meals program over the last year
069,269Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
05,740Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respects to them, their culture and their elders past, present and emerging.

 

Sacred Heart Mission has always aimed to be a place that embraces a sexuality and gender diverse community; everyone is welcome at our table and we believe a diverse community is good for everyone.