EYHC 2011: Youth Justice Program Integrated Housing Exits


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(Fairness) This presentation introduces the Youth Justice Program, which is a successful model at transitioning young people from detention into stable housing in South Australia. The program provides interventions to prevent homelessness or minimise the time a young person experiences homelessness. The program uses a collaborative approach to develop individualised case plans where intensive support is offered to stabilise and settle young people into the community and develop their social skills which in turn supports their employment prospects and engagement with mainstream society.

This presentation was given by Steve Vicino, Housing SA and Kirsten Sandstrom, Service to Youth Council.

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EYHC 2011: Youth Justice Program Integrated Housing Exits

  1. 1. The Integrated Housing Exits – Youth Justice Program: A Collaborative Approach to Transitioning Young People from Detention into Stable Housing Presented by: Steve Vicino, Housing SA – Homelessness Strategy Kirsten Sandstrom, Service to Youth Council (SYC)
  2. 2. Outline of Presentation <ul><li>Rationale for the Integrated Housing Exits – Youth Justice (IHE-YJ) Program </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the partners? </li></ul><ul><li>Unique features & benefits of the partnership </li></ul><ul><li>From “lock up” to home </li></ul><ul><li>Is it working? </li></ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
  3. 3. Rationale <ul><li>Link between youth offending and homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for innovation: National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) Specialist Homelessness Services </li></ul><ul><li>Service Provision Framework - South Australia’s Strategic Plan - Dept. for Families and Communities Five Year Strategic Plan, 2009-2013 - NAHA - National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>The Youth Justice Program will... directly contribute to achieving the targets set to reduce homelessness, specifically for Youth </li></ul><ul><li>involved in the Justice System . </li></ul>
  4. 4. Integrated Housing Exits – Youth Justice Program <ul><li>20 x 2 bedroom residential properties </li></ul><ul><li>Young people at risk of/are homeless, aged 16 + and exiting detention (post sentence or remand) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Port Augusta: or on a community based justice order </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support Provider tendered in March 2010 – won by SYC </li></ul><ul><li>Program formally commenced 1 July 2010 (currently contracted until 30 June 2013 in line with the NAHA and NPAH) </li></ul><ul><li>Strong partnership framework </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who are the partners? Integrated Housing Exits YOUTH JUSTICE Youth Justice DCSI Homelessness Strategy DCSI SYC Housing Providers Joint Service Delivery and Information Sharing amongst Program partners
  6. 6. Unique Features <ul><li>Shared vision </li></ul><ul><li>Strength of relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Shared risk </li></ul><ul><li>Clarity of roles and </li></ul><ul><ul><li>purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commitment </li></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits <ul><li>Improved responses </li></ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary approach </li></ul><ul><li>Space to celebrate </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative practice </li></ul>
  8. 8. From “lock up” to home <ul><li>Client Assessment and Eligibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-case management </li></ul></ul>Tenancy support Reconnection with education, training or employment Pathways to sustainable housing
  9. 9. Is it working? <ul><li>24 young people housed (since June 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>19 properties available: 16 clients currently housed; 3 preparing to move in </li></ul><ul><li>46% (11) connected with education or employment </li></ul>
  10. 10. Is it working? <ul><li>10 have exited the program: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 moved in with family/friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 private rental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 re-entered custody </li></ul></ul><ul><li>75% not charged with fresh offence(s) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 on remand/custodial sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 on Home Detention Bail in IYH- YJ property </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 received community based sentence (CSO) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Questions <ul><li>If you would like further information, please feel free to email: </li></ul><ul><li>Kirsten Sandstrom: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Vicino: [email_address] </li></ul>