Joint Tenancy Assistance Program


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(Fairness) This workshop was facilitated by Bronwyn Manion, Juvenile Justice NSW, and Bron Parker, CatholicCare.

In late 1997 a Joint Tenancy Assistance Program (JTAP) for young people experiencing homelessness with complex needs who are in contact with the juvenile justice system was established. The program began out of a partnership between Juvenile Justice, Housing NSW, Bridge Housing and CatholicCare. This partnership commitment has maintained for the past 14 years.

In June 2009, a review report was released on the program and the results, particularly the approaches were found to be supportive of young people's resilience.

This presentation covers the conclusions from the report and the program's design.

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Joint Tenancy Assistance Program

  1. 1. Testament to the Resilience of Homeless Young People with Complex Needs and in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Bronwyn Manion, Assistant Regional Director (Metro), Juvenile Justice Bron Parker, Manager, ALIVE, CatholicCare
  2. 2. To Clarify● Describing Homelessness● Who are Juvenile Justice clients● High Needs● What is a Successful Program
  3. 3. JTAP Flowchart Skills Personal Sufficient growth growth independent skillsReferral Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 4 months 4 months 4 months 4 months High riskclient with limited Assessment Growing Consistency Settled options of needs independence Repeat Repeat Move to Priority Housing 3
  4. 4. What is JTAP?● Joint Tenancy Assistance Program● Commenced in late 1997● Partnership of Juvenile Justice, Housing NSW, CatholicCare and Bridge Housing● Focused on homeless young people (16-19 years) with complex needs in contact with the Juvenile Justice system
  5. 5. Participant profile● 33% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander● 22% Multicultural● 93% Mental health issues● 80% Experienced abuse/neglect● 90% Spent time in custody● 40% Had a parent or sibling in detention
  6. 6. Resilience process● Dynamic process● Adaptive functioning● Replaces the absent family/carer support
  7. 7. Risk factors● Non voluntary clients● Homeless for at least 12 months● Aged 16-18 years at time of referral● In contact with Juvenile Justice with an order of 6-9 months at time of referral● High complex needs
  8. 8. JTAP Measures of SuccessPercentage who exit JTAP into Priority Housing 39%Percentage of those who exit into Priority Housing 47%who are IndigenousPercentage who resume education and attain at least 67%Year 10Percentage who found employment 36%Percentage who re-offend on JTAP 7%Average length of stay on JTAP 9.8 months
  9. 9. SuccessfulElements FlexibilityofJTAP Service Case network Management Family identity Limited Phased numbers progress Cultural sensitivity
  10. 10. Contact Bronwyn Manion Juvenile Justice  Bron Parker CatholicCare