Southern Peninsula Homeless Connections

Assertive Outreach Housing and Homelessness Program

The Southern Peninsula Homeless Connections program aims to assist the rough sleeper population within a Street Based Assertive Outreach program to improve their housing and/or health and wellbeing by:

  • Actively visit and engage clients in their places of living or agreed meeting places and ensure basic needs are met for clients, warmth, shelter, food, and medical assistance.
  • Actively engaging the system of support to stabilise all aspects of their health, mental health and physical needs along with addressing housing needs.
  • Where possible to support client’s decision to take up safer housing options, advocating and ensuring they have the right supports to maintain their home and living situation.
  • Identify individuals and families sleeping rough by working with the SPLaSH program, SPCS workers and other organisations to add to the data collection across Mornington Peninsula Foundation housing programs to inform a Peninsula wide strategic response.
  • Undertake risk and vulnerability assessments to identify safety needs and concerns then actively refer and involve partner services for care coordination.
  • Transitioning clients with exit planning once the client’s situation has improved and/or the client is being successfully supported by a longer-term support service.

To find out more about the SP Homeless Connections program contact SPCS on 5986 1285 or e-mail our Assertive Outreach Worker Kara Van Der Heyde at kara@spcsic.org

This program is largely funded by the Mornington Peninsula Foundation SPCS is grateful for their commitment and that of their donors to supporting the most vulnerable people on the Mornington Peninsula.