EYHC 2011: A Step Ahead Beginning with the End in Mind


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(Home & Place) Melbourne Citymission initiated Victoria's first Foyer model in 2004. MCM now manages three Foyer like programs including the newly opened Precinct with an onsite school. The facilitators of this session explained why Melbourne Citymission's Foyer Program is one model that can help end youth homelessness.

This workshop was facilitated by Mandy Baxter and Lisa O'Brien from Melbourne Citymission.

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  • Lived experience – unique – requires different responses at “point in time”
  • EYHC 2011: A Step Ahead Beginning with the End in Mind

    1. 1. Melbourne Citymission’s Foyer Plus Programs – The Best Response to Youth Homelessness
    2. 2.  Precinct model6 apartments, located in Fitzroy North) High Density model  Lion Garden (8 apartments, located in CBD)  Ladder (12 apartments, located in Collingwood) Neighbourhood model6 dispersed transitional properties located in Inner North and Inner South
    3. 3.  Step Ahead program was the first Foyer like model of its kind in Victoria Step Ahead began in 2004 under the name Youth Transition Model- included Lion Garden and Neighbourhood model in 2007 the program received recurrent funding from the Department of Human Services and was renamed the Step Ahead program Ladder began in 2007- partnership with AFL Players Association Youth Precinct opened in 2010/2011
    4. 4.  Aged 16-25 Male and Female At risk of homelessness or dislocated from mainstream supports Engaged in some kind of Education, Employment or Training; or motivated to reengage with these
    5. 5.  Fully furnished, self contained supported housing for 2-3 years Intensive holistic casework support Early intervention Links to Education, Employment and/or Training
    6. 6.  Living Skills Program Community connections Mentoring program (Ladder) After hours On Call service Up to 6 months After care Young people, Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, and Minister for Sport and Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness Mark Arbib and mentors
    7. 7.  Support a transition from dependence to independence Offer long term stability and security- provides platform to explore EET options Provide opportunity for participation in project development Providing empowerment and encouraging responsibility Improve employability Improve quality of life and connections to natural networks
    8. 8.  Vacancy will be listed on the Opening Doors resource register as ‘transitional support’ Referrals accepted through any ‘open door’ in Victoria (except for Precinct- only North West region). Access points fax through IAP form to the Foyer Plus team The Foyer Plus team reviews suitability of referrals. The Foyer Plus team interviews suitable applicants Applicants who are selected are notified by phone and sign up time is arranged. We will also notify the relevant ‘open door’ and support worker if appropriate
    9. 9. Into Through Out ofHomelessness Homelessness Homelessness Return home Family education reconciliation Change in family structure Drug & alcohol Mental health Child protection Justice
    10. 10.  Shift from individualised outcome to ‘whole of person’ packaged support Shift from fragmented & silo approached service delivery to a connected framework that mirrored lives of the people we work with Several funding streams ‘Partner with’ rather than a mutual agreement Outcomes focus rather than throughput Strategic planning to commit to ‘providing the best response to homelessness’ Service Integration & cross sector relationships key Facilities and Location/s How do we think differently about the business of the business
    11. 11.  Youth rights based approach - can narrow options Focused on facilitating access to accommodation – rarely involve consideration of other elements eg health, D & A, EET Parameters, boundaries and funding requirements Shift in policy and practice – let’s move to true mainstream If we are unable to deliver then who can The lived experience of homelessness for young people– needs to be validated, acknowledged and legitimised, time & space
    12. 12. The Package: ▪ Long term stable accommodation ▪ Intensive case management support ▪ EET packaged support ▪ Living skills/MentoringThe Model:Precinct model – multiple service providers and partners, funding streams, visiting services – on one siteDensity model – close proximity to services, less services onsite but stand aloneNeighbourhood model – immersed in community, reflects natural networks to community, friends, family, local support, capacity to seek out support when required
    13. 13. Recent research led by Associate Professor Dr Marty Grace at VictoriaUniversity on the Step Ahead Model found: About half the participants were well protected against homelessness. Ten participants were protected against homelessness. Four participants were vulnerable to homelessness.
    14. 14.  The combination of accommodation and support made it possible for young people to pursue their EET goals Program expectations helped improve motivation 80% had completed Year 12, 37% completed post school qualifications
    15. 15.  Transportability of model Design Who is the client/cohort? Linked evidence to outcomes Cost effective analysis
    16. 16. Mandy Baxter: mbaxter@mcm.org.au 03 9680 8257Lisa O’Brien lobrien@mcm.org.au 03 9680 8217Step Ahead Research Linkhttp://www.melbournecitymission.org.au/Latest-News/Research-launched-to-help-prevent-youth-homelessness