Research shows a critical and integral link between homelessness and trauma.

Trauma exposure is a common pre-cursor to an episode of homelessness, often increasing when someone becomes homeless. It can complicate a person’s return to housing stability and independence, and subsequently, recovery from homelessness and trauma can be a long and complex journey.

Our experience tells us that a focus on housing alone is not enough for people who have experienced significant homelessness – what is critical is how support is designed and delivered. It goes well beyond employing capable staff, or placing people in temporary or inadequate housing.

VincentCare Victoria provides a range of programs, services and accommodation options aligned within a broader recovery framework, designed to improve people’s health, wellbeing, connection to community and access to sustainable housing.  

VincentCare’s Homelessness Recovery Model is grounded in evidence and our extensive experience working with people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.  It is underpinned by our Homelessness Recovery based Practice Principles which resonate strongly with our mandate and purpose as a housing and homelessness service provider; 

Homelessness Recovery Practice Principles

Hope & Optimism

We embrace complexity, demonstrate unconditional positive regard, convey optimism, focus on strengths, and celebrate efforts and achievements.

Healing from trauma

Personal transformation occurs incrementally, and requires a holistic approach to improve health, wellbeing, safety and self-identity. The conditions that have contributed to an experience of homelessness must be acknowledged and addressed.

Autonomy & Self Determination

Each person’s Recovery from the impact of homelessness is a unique and non-linear process, led by self-determination, and underpinned by Human Rights.

Collaboration & Community

Homelessness Recovery is led by the individual, supported by others and sustained in and by each person’s community of choice.


Homelessness Recovery pursues reconnection with each person’s goals, ambitions, values and strengths, family, friends and community.

Homelessness to Recovery Model

The model comprises four key elements that integrate to provide the client with a continuum of care. It places emphasis on creating opportunities for people to reconnect with their communities of choice, or establish new pathways that enable recovery and growth.  It is designed to maximise choice, acknowledge and respond proactively to diversity, ensure service responses are aligned with recovery principles, and create a sense of hope for the future.


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