CEO Louise Hay and board member Michael Arman reported to our members that Habitat for Humanity South Australia is partnering with Baptist Care SA to create several self-contained apartments in Murray Bridge. These will be used to provide a safe, stable, and affordable home for young people currently under the guardianship of the Minister to transition from supported accommodation from the Department of Child Protection (DCP) as they reach adulthood. DPC’s Out of Home Care (OOHC) program provides a pathway to support young people to develop the life skills to live independently once they turn 18 years old and DCP support ceases.
Young people exiting the OOHC are highly disadvantaged and overrepresented in a variety of areas including homelessness services, health, and the justice system. This project will enable young people to continue to lease accommodation until they are 25 years old, providing stable housing and a supported pathway to other appropriate housing when ready. Baptist Care SA will provide tenant support and ongoing property maintenance.
Impact100 SA applauds Habitat for Humanity for seeking to collaborate to find innovative solutions to complex solutions and is thrilled that we are able to play an important part in finding solutions, by providing our high-impact grants.