We find many people experiencing homelessness also struggle with substance abuse and problems associated with mental illness. Towards Independence in Adelaide reaches out to the homeless and is equipped to help them tackle substance issues and maintain housing.
There are two stages to the program at Towards Independence — ‘West’ and ‘East’. ‘West’ provides 30% of alcohol and other drugs rehabilitation beds for South Australia. About 80% of clients undertaking the program successfully complete it and go on to access other supported accommodation services. ‘East’ sleeps over 70 people each night and supports 100 people each day in a variety of Salvation Army owned properties alongside intensive counselling, outreach and after hours emergency support.