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Services > Housing & Settlement > Specialist Homelessness Services

SHS provides support and assistance to families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The overall goal of SHS is to provide transitional supported accommodation and related support services to assist people who are homeless to achieve the maximum possible degree of self-reliance and independence.

Within this goal the aims are:

• To resolve crisis
• To re-establish family links, and
• To re-establish a capacity to live independently of SHS.

Homelessness may be caused by multiple, interacting factors, and similarly it can have multiple effects on people’s lives. It can affect people at any stage of life.

Some people are chronically homeless while others experience homelessness in a cyclical, episodic manner or as a single occurrence. Homelessness can affect families, singles, young people, and women and children affected by domestic violence.

Services therefore provide a range of assistance from early intervention and support strategies that prevent homelessness, through crisis and emergency support and accommodation, to transitional and post crisis support.

All services are provided using a common case management approach which works with the individual to develop options to resolve crisis and move from support to independence.

The program does not provide accommodation but rather works closely with accommodation providers to access housing for the client group.

Marie Schlemme Family Centre
229 Beveridge Street, Swan Hill VIC 3585
T: (03) 5032 4479
F: (03) 5032 4946
E: swanhill@malleefamilycare.com.au

This program is supported by the Victorian Government.