Homelessness Innovation Fund

The Northern Territory Government is developing an NT Homelessness Strategy and 5 Year Action Plan 2018-2022.

To inform the development of the Homelessness Strategy, a Homelessness Innovation Fund has been established for service providers to trial innovative services. $1 million per year over the next two years was allocated for the Fund.

The Homelessness Innovation Fund aims to change the way government works with the non-government sector to deliver better housing support for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

In 2016, non-government organisations applied for funding to test innovative ideas and work together to improve housing and homelessness outcomes. The following initiatives were successful and have commenced operations:

  • Salvation Army’s ‘Katherine Doorways Hub’

The Hub is a day centre for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Hub provides dignity services and a point of entry to Katherine based support services through a case-management and referral approach. A key aspect of the program is the collaborative partnerships established with a range of service providers to collectively address barriers that prevent people from accessing support.

  • The Salvation Army’s ‘The Nest’

Operating in Darwin, the Nest assists people experiencing homelessness through a private rental housing program with case management and support to successfully integrate to independent living. The Nest also provides mentoring and personal development opportunities for program participants in partnership with the NT Thunder Football Club.

  • Central Australian Affordable Housing Company’s ‘My Place’.

My Place includes two programs aimed at preventing homelessness. One program provides subsidised private rent, primarily targeting people who have mental illness and women and their children experiencing domestic and family violence. This program offers tenancy mentoring and wrap-around case management support through a partnership model with the Mental Health Association of Central Australia and the Alice Springs Women's Shelter. The other program will assist individuals and families by facilitating access to private rental housing that meets their needs. This program is targeted to people who have the financial means and capacity to maintain a tenancy, and will assist in the process to secure and sustain a private rental home.

Last updated: 11 October 2017