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Initial Assessment & Planning (IA&P)

The SASHS Network is the Access Point for clients living in the Brimbank and Melton Local Government Areas.  This service is the primary assessment and referral point for clients experiencing housing and homelessness issues.

The SASHS Network provides an initial assessment and planning process for clients whose housing is at risk. 

The access point provides this service at Sunshine during business hours (Monday – Friday) except Wednesday afternoons. This is an appointment based service where clients present on the day to obtain an appointment based on availability. A limited crisis response can be provided based on individual circumstances and the capacity of the Initial Assessment and Planning (IA&P) team. (Conditions Apply) 

Melton is a pre-booked appointment service operating from the Melton City Council offices. Appointments for Melton clients can be pre-booked up to two weeks in advance by contacting the Sunshine Office (9312 5424). Appointments are not able to be made via the Melton Office. The Melton Office operating days are Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays.

The SASHS Network is sub-contracted by HomeGround to deliver the IA&P component of the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) at the Magistrates Court in Sunshine.

The IA&P Team provides:

  • Assessment of housing and support needs;
  • Referral to crisis or longer term accommodation and specialist support providers;
  • Housing-related information;
  • Advocacy; and
  • Limited financial assistance for housing

The IA&P program also distributes the Housing Establishment Fund (HEF) to people experiencing housing stress. Funding is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services and is used to assist people to access:

  • Crisis accommodation;
  • Longer-term or alternative housing options;
  • Assistance to maintain their existing housing.