Homes for Heroes is about much more than just housing.
Residents are supported by a Community Transition Worker to enable them to make the most of their time in the program and then effectively transition back into the wider community.
Working alongside their dedicated Support Worker, each veteran will set goals for their wellbeing and accommodation beyond their time in Homes for Heroes.
Goals set by veterans may include:
- Learning to manage emotions and reactions to negative experiences
- Developing coping strategies for difficult situations
- Overcoming addictions
- Locating and settling into long-term stable housing
- Engaging in meaningful activities of their choice.
How the program works
Anybody under the age of 65 who has served at least one day with the Australian Defence Force may be eligible for housing through Homes for Heroes.
After initial contact is made with Homes for Heroes, veterans in need are assessed on an individual basis to determine the best solution for their situation.
Where appropriate, veterans will be offered transitional accommodation for six to 12 months at one of our two locations in the greater Sydney area, Narrabeen or Penrith.
During their stay, veterans will set goals and be offered tailored care under the supervision of a Community Support Worker.
If veterans are not assessed or are not interested in transitional housing, referral pathway support is provided by a Therapeutic Specialist.
Homes for Heroes is equipped to support people with complex mental health needs as well as issues with drugs and alcohol.
Housing and facilities
Depending on the circumstances of the veteran, accommodation at our Narrabeen and Penrith locations may be in private rooms with shared dining and kitchen areas, or independent units.
Residents are encouraged to spend time together in community, but also develop independence to help them transition successfully out of the program.
Residents of Homes for Heroes are able to access facilities including:
- GP and nursing clinics to address the medical needs of veterans
- Gym, swimming pool and physiotherapy so residents are able to develop their physical fitness
- Chapel services and chaplaincy for veterans seeking spiritual support
- Recreational activities and social excursions so veterans can connect and enjoy life together.
After the program
At the end of onsite transitional accommodation, (generally lasting six to 12 months), veterans are assisted to transition out of Homes for Heroes and back into the wider community.
Assistance will be provided in finding suitable accommodation in the community of their choice and supported to ensure sustainable tenancies are maintained.
Veterans will remain in regular contact with their support worker, and will continue to receive access to ongoing support for at least six months to sustain their recovery and wellbeing goals.
After six months, the progress of the veteran will be evaluated and if needed support may continue for a short period to ensure all participants achieve the best possible outcomes.