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Providing care and support to veterans that are homeless or at risk of homelessness to assist them to live sustainably and independently in their chosen community.

According to the most recent studies, homelessness is at an all-time high in Australia, with around 120,000 people currently living without a home. The 2019 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) reports that over 5,750 of these are  Australian Defence Force (ADF) veterans.

A partnership between RSL LifeCare and Wesley Mission, Homes for Heroes is an Ex-Services Organisation (ESO) that aims to address homelessness issues for our most vulnerable veterans. We provide support to male and female veterans who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, and through a range of services we assist them to live sustainable, fulfilling and independent lives in their chosen community. This can be via transitional accommodation at one of 2 sites in Sydney or wrap around in-community transitional support.

  • How does Homes for Heroes work?

    How does Homes for Heroes work for me?

    If you are a veteran and homeless, or at risk of homelessness, then Homes for Heroes can work with you to identify options that best suit your needs in assisting you to live sustainably in your chosen community. Homes for Heroes recognises a veteran is anyone who has served, or is serving, in the ADF for at least one day. We also recognise and acknowledge the valuable contribution that veterans and their families make and have made for our country and are here to help you.

    When you are ready, please reach out to us via phone, our website, or email. If you would prefer, you can ask a friend or family member to make contact on your behalf. We will respond to you within 24 hours to start planning your transition back to independent living.

    There are 3 steps we then take:

    1. The experienced and caring Homes for Heroes staff will want to  understand your current safety and determine what your immediate needs are. This will allow us together to make plans for meeting them as soon as possible. This may involve a number of supports including temporary and safe accommodation, food vouchers or access to medical support.
    2. As soon as possible after this initial contact, our staff will arrange for a face-to-face meeting at a suitable time and location for you to discuss and plan  next steps. This will focus on both your immediate and future needs and will identity the individual goals required to achieve the outcomes you are seeking.
    3. Once we have discussed and agreed on  your needs and goals we will explain our services, how they can best support you, and our expectations of you to work towards achieving them. We can consider options for community care and support, or accommodation in our transitional accommodation in either Northern Sydney or Western Sydney.

    Homes for Heroes takes a trauma-informed recovery-oriented approach specifically tailored to veterans and their unique needs. During your time at Homes for Heroes, you will be expected to set goals, establish routines, link in with a range of other ESO’s, veteran and community networks, and create your own health and community networks, all with an aim to ensuring you  meet your individual goals.

     

  • Am I eligible for the Homes for Heroes Program?

    Am I eligible for the Homes for Heroes Program?

    You are eligible for Homes for Heroes if you are:

    1. Under the age of 65 and have served at least one day in the ADF
    2. You must be a willing and committed participant in your journey to sustainable and independent living and be able to  work on achieving your set goals
    3. If you have an un-managed addiction and/or untreated mental health condition and/or anyone’s personal safety is put at risk, then you are encouraged to seek immediate treatment and support for these issues and conditions. We can help you with appropriate referral pathways and be available to discuss your acceptance into our program once you are ready and able to meet the above criteria.

    Homes for Heroes work collaboratively with the broader ESO community and public health system to link you with appropriate services that will allow you to work towards achieving your own personal transition plan and help build your own personal resilience, allowing you to thrive in your chosen community.

  • How can I (or a friend acting on my behalf) access Homes for Heroes?

    How can I (or a friend acting on my behalf) access Homes for Heroes?

    There are two ways you can be referred to the Homes for Heroes Program:

    1. Phone 1300 183 933
    2. Email homesforheroes@wesleymission.org.au

     

What is the process to become involved in the Homes for Heroes program?

Getting to know you

Initially we will want to  understand your current safety and determine what your immediate needs are so we can make plans for meeting them as soon as possible.

  • Determine initial areas of support including temporary and safe accommodation, food vouchers or access to medical support.
  • Arrange for a face-to-face meeting at a suitable time and location for you to discuss and plan next steps.
  • This will focus on both your immediate and future needs and will identity the individual goals required to achieve the outcomes you are seeking.

Helping you understand our services

Once we have discussed and agreed on your needs and goals we

  • Explain our services
  • How they can best support you, and our expectations of you to work towards achieving them
  • Consider options for community care and support, or accommodation in our transitional accommodation in either Northern Sydney or Western Sydney
  • We well also review your current DVA entitlements to ensure they are appropriate to your personal circumstances

Individual Transition Plan

Once we develop and agree on your individual transition plan for achieving sustainable, fulfilling and independent living, you will:

  • Receive a placement offer from Homes for Heroes
  • Be linked with appropriate healthcare services or with your permission
  • Work with Homes for Heroes staff to develop and review your transition plan.
  • Meet weekly with the Homes for Heroes team

 

Helpful information

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What is it like to stay at the Homes for Heroes transitional properties?

Transitional accommodation is available for you if you are currently homeless and are ready to work towards the changes needed to re-establish your independence in sustainable and safe living.

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What support will I receive in if I’m living in the community?

If you are living in the community or have transitioned to sustainable community living from the program, we will maintain regular contact with you and continue to provide ongoing support and work through any issues, concerns or barriers you are facing.

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If you are a veteran who is currently homeless or at risk of homelessness,
please call 1300 183 933

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