New Funding to Deliver the Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP)

Posted by Stephen Dodd, 28 September 2016

SYFS has been successful in securing ongoing funding from the NSW Department of Family Services (FACS) until June 2020 to deliver the Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP).

The Program is funded to provide services in the Illawarra and Southern NSW to reintegrate unaccompanied children aged 12-15 years with their families or to help them transition to longer-term supported accommodation, whilst also supporting them in education, training and jobs.

The target group includes children who are living in unstable home environments, sleeping rough, homelessness shelters, and those who are staying temporarily at the homes of friends, relatives or acquaintances.

The Program will work closely with the child, their parents or legal guardian and FACS in order to meet the immediate needs and ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child. Careful assessment will determine if the child can be supported by HYAP or if it is a child protection issue and therefore FACS take lead case management responsibility.

In Southern NSW the Program will be delivered through brokerage and case management services provided in partnership with three key youth crisis services in Moruya, Goulburn, and Queanbeyan. It will also extend to Cooma through a partnership with Campbell Page's Reconnect Service and Mission Australia's Homelessness Service; and to Bega through a partnership with South East Women and Children's Service and South East Youth Accommodation Service. The Program in Southern NSW has no funded capacity for crisis accommodation but may be able to provide this on a case by case basis under exceptional circumstances through brokerage.

In the Illawarra the Program includes some provision for supported accommodation.

HYAP will compliment SYFS’ existing suite of services for children and young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness including Supported Accommodation and Housing; Family Services; and Employment, Education, and Training.