Youth homelessness program renewed
Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony today reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to tackling youth homelessness by announcing the round one Reconnect services that will be funded for a further three years.
“Through the Reconnect program, young people and their families can access early intervention and prevention programs such as counselling, family mediation and practical support.
“Reconnect services have proven to be a highly effective way of heading off some of the problems that contribute to youth homelessness by assisting young people to reconnect with their families, communities, education, training and employment.
“After an independent assessment confirmed 26 first round of Reconnect Services were operating well. These services will be funded to continue to build on their good work to prevent youth homelessness.
“The Coalition Government made an initial commitment of $60 million in 1999 to fund 100 Reconnect services over four years.
“Since late 1999, Reconnect services have helped over 6,000 young people who were either homeless or ‘at risk’.
“The benefits of the Reconnect program have been seen Australia wide, with around half of all services located in regional, remote and Indigenous communities.
“We recognise that youth homelessness is an important issue and it is crucial to build the capacity of Australian families and communities so they can help their own young people.
“The Coalition Government will continue to form partnerships with young people, families and communities, to more effectively address this damaging social problem,” Mr Anthony said.
|Reconnect Service||Geographical Area Covered by Service|
|Northern Rivers Social Development Council Inc||Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Casino, Richmond River, Uralla, Nymboida, Maclean, Grafton|
Sydney (Mission Australia in collaboration with the Salvation Army and Wesley Mission)
|Inner City Sydney, Lower North Shore and Inner West|
|Burnside Macarthur Care||Camden, Wollondilly, Cambelltown|
|The Twenty Ten Association Inc||NSW State-wide gay & lesbian service|
|Wesley Dalmar Child and Family Services||Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Penrith|
|St Vincent de Paul
Deniliquin Emergency Accommodation Program
|Deniliquin, Wakool, Murray, Hay, Windouran, Conargo|
(An Inititative of the Samaritan Foundation)
|Newcastle, Lake Macquarie|
|Southern Youth and Family Services||Wollongong, Shellharbour, Dapto, Ulladulla, Nowra|
|Melbourne City Mission Inc||Local government area of Maribyrnong, Brimbank and Moree Valley|
|Central Gippsland Accommodation and Support Services Inc||Gippsland (La Trobe Valley and Baw Baw)|
|Regional Extended Family Services Incorporated (REFS)||Local government area of Yarra Ranges, Maroondah, Knox|
|Eltham Community Health Centre||Local government area of Banyule, and Nillumbik|
|MacKillop Family Services||Greater Geelong, Queenscliffe, Surf Coast, Colac-Otway|
|Colony 47 Inc||Greater Hobart including Clarence, Glenorchy, and Brighton|
|Anglicare Tasmanic Inc. Bridges Project||Burnie, Devonport|
|Mercy Family Services
|Inala to Ipswich, Goodna, Brassell, Redbank Plains, Oxley and Riverview|
|Integrated Youth Service||Caloundra City, Kawana and Golden Beach|
|Roseberry Youth Services Inc||Gladstone|
|Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth Inc||Goldcoast – from Southport to Helensvale and Mudgeeraba|
|Mercy Community Services Inc
|Central North Metropolitan Perth|
|Agencies for South West Accommodation Inc.||Bunbury, Capel, Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Augusta, Nannup, Collie, Harvey, Donnybrook, Brunswick and Australind|
|Anglicare Top End Darwin Urban||Darwin, Darwin Rural Area|
|Adelaide Central Mission Inc||Local government area of Salisbury|
|Port Pirie Central Mission Inc||Port Pirie, Mt Remarkable, Kanyank, Quorn, Port August and unincorporated Flinders Rangers|
|City of Port Adelaide/Enfield||Local government area of Port Adelaide and Enfield|
|Mission Australia SA and Southern Junction Youth Services||Local government are of Onkaparinga|