Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people face unique barriers when trying to access mainstream services and support specific to their needs.
The Diversity Program provides medium to long-term support to young people aged 17-25 years old who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the North Western Metropolitan region.
We help young people to navigate these barriers, equipping them with knowledge and skills, so they are empowered to make informed and independent decisions to achieve their personal goals, and move towards a permanent exit from homelessness. We do this by linking to accommodation and diversity services, which ensure sustainable housing outcomes, and we provide:
- Individual case management support;
- Assistance to specialist services;
- Advocacy and support to become financially independent with affordable and safe accommodation;
- An opportunity to reconnect with their family, partners and friends;
- Facilitation for pathways out of homelessness and unemployment; and
- Access and choice of employment, apprenticeships, traineeships and/or training and further educational opportunities.
But most importantly, we are a service that embraces diversity and is sensitive to all issues faced by young adults of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
The Diversity Program is available to young adults who meet the following criteria:
- Aged between 17-25 years old;
- Homeless or at risk of homelessness;
- From an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background;
- Willing to work with the Diversity worker to address their housing needs; and
- Currenty living, or wanting to live in the North West area.
Referrals for this program are via the Northern Community Hub (NCH) Access Point in Glenroy - see Contact Us below for more information.
Young people must undergo an initial assessment to determine their eligibility. If there are any barriers to attending the NCH, the Diversity Worker will try to negotiate another way of completing initial assessments so that young people can access services through VincentCare where possible.
Once an assessment is completed, they will be referred to the Diversity Worker for assistance with housing and support.