The Transitional Supported Accommodation for Youth program aims to provide a range of support services to young people aged 16—20 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Our objective is to assist young people to access and sustain housing. The program responds to individual needs with a view to improving young people’s capacity to live independently.
In 2011 the TSAY program supported 131 young people within the Brimbank Melton region. This support covered a range of areas including counseling, crisis resolution, life skills development, parenting support, information, referral, advocacy and/or assistance with accessing appropriate longer term accommodation.
Important networks with which TSAY have been involved include the Youth Allocations Network (YAC). This regional response to the 'Opening Doors Framework' has allowed programs like TSAY to have a more effective response to the needs of homeless youth. TSAY has developed strong networks with the community which has ensured Westcare young people have the opportunity to transition into independence more effectively and appropriately.
An important role of the TSAY program is the provision of advocacy for young people who are exiting state care. We continue to be part of statewide discussions on the issue of services for care leavers and have assisted in the development of new models of service provision and better understanding the issues for care leavers, as well as contributing to research over the last two years.
The Sunshine Community Garden has been under development since 2010 and in 2011 it made some significant advances to becoming an important feature in how TSAY interacts with the community. The strong support of Akzo Nobel has enabled the garden to become a reality, fast tracking the opening. The staff at Akzo Nobel have kindly donated their time and resources to beautify the area and to build the cyclone fence. A $10,000 donation from the Commonwealth Bank has also made it possible for the garden to open in 2012.