Jewish House present Ending Homelessness report

November 16, 2017 by Rachel Phillips
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John Brogden, Chair of Lifeline Australia, on behalf of Jewish House, has presented the ‘Ending Homelessness’ report at the NSW Parliament.

Rabbi Mendel Kastel and John Brogden

The report was supported by independent analysis of outcomes data by the University of Technology Sydney: Institute of Public Policy and Governance (UTS: IPPG), and was presented today at Parliament House to a room full of government dignitaries and MP’s.

The report focuses on the successes of the ‘HomeBase’ program, based on a New York City model in operation for nearly a decade. HomeBase supports clients after leaving crisis accommodation so that they can establish independent living with appropriate ongoing psychosocial and health support. Clients work with those professionals with whom they already have a relationship – they are not referred on to other services.

Sydney’s Jewish House are leading innovators of the New York City based HomeBase model of homelessness intervention and prevention methodology. Jewish House has dedicated over 2 years of resources and expertise to measure and evaluate the outcomes of our programs of intervention and case management for homeless clients.

John Brogden, Gabrielle Upton, Gary Cohen and Roger Clifford

The University of Technology Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS:IPPG) have used this data to provide an independent report on the outcomes achieved to date in NSW.

Brooklyn born Rabbi, Mendel Kastel, the CEO of Jewish House said “I am very excited to present this report as it shows that greater collaboration and integration of services will deliver better results for clients and cost savings to government, changing the tide in hopelessness and getting more people housed as part of the effort to reduce and help end homelessness in NSW”.

“This report also shows the importance of Trauma Informed Care and the humanity and care that is vital to help get the outcomes we are looking for with clients, taking them on the journey of improving their lives.”

The HomeBase model strongly aligns with the service expectations for Supported Temporary Accommodation outlined by Family and Community Service (FACS). Research in Australia and abroad confirms that people leaving homelessness can better sustain longer term goals if they remain supported for at least 12 months after leaving refuge services, like Jewish House.

Rabbi Mendel Kastel and Jewish House hope that the Ending Homelessness report presented today in Parliament will create the dire change needed to tackle the rapid growing issue of homelessness in Australia.


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