7 recipients share in $2 M for housing and accommodation services for older people who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are homeless.
The Australian Government is expanding funding for the Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) Program. The expansion, which commences in the 2012-13 financial year, will focus support on outer regional, remote or very remote locations where the incidence of older people who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are homeless is higher.
Funding of $4.18 million (GST inclusive) will be provided over three years (2012-15).
The Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) Program supports older people who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are homeless. The program helps them to remain in the community by facilitating access to housing and linking them to community care where appropriate.
The ACHA program provides linkage assistance for care and housing, but does not provide direct care or on-going support. The program links clients with the most appropriate range of existing housing and care services in order to meet their immediate and on-going needs.
Referrals to housing and accommodation services are the main focus of the ACHA Program. However, most clients are also referred to a wide range of other services. These can be medical, financial and legal services or for any services supporting the client’s housing security and ability to achieve or maintain independence of living in the community.
Housing Assistance includes assessing the housing needs of clients, searching for suitable accommodation, providing assistance with housing applications, liaison between clients and housing providers or their agents and accompanying clients on inspections.
Funding may be provided for minor assets necessary for initial set-up of ACHA service outlets, for leasing of motor vehicles or for the purchase of motor vehicles in remote areas where leasing arrangements are not available.
Some of the recipients include:
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