Housing First Principles
Our entire team believes every person in our community should have a safe, permanent and affordable place to live. The Northside Team are the lead agency in the ACT championing the Housing First Approach to ending the cycle of homelessness. Read more about our how we are changing the way we work to end homelessness for the people who engage us here: (from Northside Housing First - Ending Homelessness in the ACT)
Women's Housing First
This confidential supported accommodation and outreach program is aimed at ending homelessness for women with or without children. Northside has a range of supported accommodation properties for women that aim to provide a safe space to stabilize circumstances for up to 12 months Please click the link for more information: Women's Housing Program
Common Ground Canberra
Common Ground Canberra is a secure access building with 40 self-contained one bed room apartments with the entire ground floor dedicated to housing community common space, on-site tenancy, support and community services. Our tenants are diverse, vibrant and a valued part of the Gungahlin community. 20 apartments are dedicated to people who have a lived experience of chronic homelessness and 20 apartments are dedicated to individuals and couples on a low income (for example, students or apprentices on low wages). Please click the link for more information: Common Ground Canberra
Aged Care and Housing
Northside’s Assistance with Care and Housing program is funded throguh the Commonwealth Home Support Program and provides a wide range of services to older community members who are homeless or at risk of being homeless as they get older. This might be because they are on a low income or have insecure housing and face challenges finding a place to live that they can call home. The program team supports individuals over 65 years and people aged 50 years or older who are are prematurely aged*, on a low income and are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Contact our Relationships Coordinator on 02 6257 2255 for a confidential and freindly chat or click the link here for more information (from ACH Program Information) * People whose life experience – such as active military service, homelessness or substance abuse – have seen them age more quickly than other people
Staying in Place
Northside’s Staying in Place outreach program is aimed at supporting women and their families to remain in their home when their circumstances change and put them at risk of homelessness. Our ultimate goal is to support families to remain in their home and ensure it continues to be safe, permanent and affordable housing. Please click the link for more information: Staying in Place Outreach Program
Housing First recognises that stability is more likely to be achieved if an individual or family has and affordable, safe, permanent place to live. This approach harnesses the power of permanent, safe housing to help people recover and heal from the trauma of homelessness. It gives them a safe space in which to address the issues that may be stopping them from living the lives they want.
Northside is contributing to ending homelessnesss in our region by striving to:
- Provide safe, permanent and affordable housing for people with a lived experience of homelessness.
- Facilitate access to client centred, strength based and trauma informed support services
- Deliver social inclusion in our community through asset based community development
Homelessness can happen to anybody and affects our entire community. Help us to end homelessness in the ACT.
Northside are proud members and state representatives on the Council of Homeless Persons Australia. We are also active members and representatives of Homelessness Australia, the national peak body for ending homelessness.