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Axial Housing, Catholic Care

Posted on 11 November 2020

Homelessness

In 2019, CatholicCare received a $20,000 grant from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund for a Housing First pilot, called Axial Housing, operating in Canberra. Built on a partnership between CatholicCare and Housing ACT, Axial Housing enabled the homelessness support sector in the ACT to provide permanent housing to people who are sleeping rough and who cannot navigate the housing system – and who would otherwise remain homeless'.

CHIEF MINISTER’S CHARITABLE FUND 2019 GRANT – $20,000

In 2019, CatholicCare received a $20,000 grant from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund for a Housing First pilot, called Axial Housing, operating in Canberra. Built on a partnership between CatholicCare and Housing ACT, Axial Housing enabled the homelessness support sector in the ACT to provide permanent housing to people who are sleeping rough and who cannot navigate the housing system – and who would otherwise remain homeless’.

Previously, there were only waiting lists or the potential to access ‘stepped’ and supported accommodation options (such as shelters, emergency accommodation, short-term accommodation and supported housing –which did not work for this target group of homeless people.

With this funding, as at 30 June 2020, Axial Housing had supported 27 people to move from the streets into into permanent homes. This Housing First pilot provided hope and increased options for several homelessness support providers to enable them to refer and assist people they work with.

Axial Housing addresses key barriers to providing accommodation to rough
sleepers, through:

  • the provision of the properties themselves (Housing ACT)
  • the provision of all ongoing support and referral services (beyond housing) that the service participant needs (CatholicCare)
  • enabling homeless people to move into permanent housing (Housing First Model) without having to move through several stages of ‘stepped accommodation’ – where people move through crisis to medium term or transitional accommodation prior to achieving sustainable housing
  • a ‘warm referral pathway’2 for providers to link in with Axial (St Vincent de Paul, Early Morning Centre, Red Cross Roadhouse, OneLink).

Because it has provided more support options for people sleeping rough, this pilot – co-funded by a Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund grant as well as by other funding bodies – has had a significant impact on the housing and homelessness support sector in the ACT.