To Melbourne’s most vulnerable rough sleepers Melbourne Street to Home provides housing support, advice, long-term case management and ongoing tenancy support. This initiative has an integrated health response, with support from qualified Bolton Clarke nurses to assess clients’ health needs and refer clients to specialist services if required.
Melbourne Street to Home works with rough sleepers who have extremely complex physical and mental health needs.
Without a stable home, it is difficult for people sleeping rough to access health care, especially ‘primary care’ such as a nurse or health centre. This can have serious implications and increase the risk of premature death for people experiencing long-term homelessness.
Rough sleepers who are part of this program have experienced long term homelessness and need extra support to acquire housing, and sustain their tenancy. The program is a partnership between Launch Housing, Bolton Clarke’s Homeless Person’s Program, The Salvation Army Adult Services and The Salvation Army Crisis Services.
This program takes referrals from Launch Housing’s Rough Sleepers Initiative.