Housing Initiative Announced To Support Those With Mental Illness

Housing Initiative Announced To Support Those With Mental Illness

Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles

$3 Million To Support Territorians Living With Mental Illness

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government has announced not-for-profit provider Anglicare will administer a $3 Million housing initiative to support Territorians with ongoing mental illness.

Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said Territorians deserve safe, vibrant and inclusive communities and the Housing Accommodation Support Initiative (NT HASI grant) helps to deliver that.

“4 year funding will support people suffering from ongoing mental illness to maintain their tenancies in public housing across suburbs in Darwin, Casuarina and Palmerston.” Minister Fyles said.

“Program will target people aged 16-64 years and will initially focus on those who are case managed by Top End Mental Health Services.”

“Services will be shaped to be individualised, holistic, integrated, culturally responsive, safe and flexible.”

In providing support for people with mental illness living in public housing Anglicare NT’s Executive Manager of Community Care & Access, Terry Cleary said this is an exciting opportunity to work in partnership with:

  • Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services (CAAPS),
  • Aboriginal Corporation,
  • NT Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD),
  • Top End Mental Health Services (TEMHS).

“We are honoured and privileged to be given this opportunity to engage in such a significant way in the lives of people living with a mental illness, to be a part of their inclusion and participation which ultimately is all about making a better community for everyone.” Mr. Cleary said.

“People living with mental illness are at significant risk of experiencing adverse social and economic outcomes and are more likely to experience homelessness and housing instability. They also face significant barriers to their full participation and inclusion in their community.”

Mr. Cleary said Anglicare NT has a history of providing tenancy support services to people living in public housing throughout the Territory and are also a long term providers of mental health and personal wellbeing services for young people in Darwin through headspace Darwin.

“Northern Territory Housing Accommodation Support Initiative gives Anglicare NT the opportunity to provide a wraparound service that will support people with a mental illness to maintain successful tenancies and participate in their communities.” Mr. Cleary said.

New initiative will be evaluated and led by the NT HASI Steering Committee consisting of senior staff from the

  • DOH,
  • TEMHS,
  • DHCD,
  • NT Shelter,
  • NT Primary Health Network,
  • Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition and consumer representation.

Planning for the services is already underway and referrals are expected to be accepted from early next year.

Abbreviations

DOH               Department of Health

TEMHS          Top End Mental Health Services

DHCD             Department of Housing and Community Development

NT                   Northern Territory