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Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP) - Illawarra and Shoalhaven

The Program provides services to maintain or return young people and unaccompanied youth 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 young people 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 works closely with the young people, their parents or legal guardian and Families and Community Services (FACS) in order to meet the immediate needs and ensure the safety and well-being 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 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.

This program provides:

  • Assessment
  • Counselling and support - individual, family and group
  • Mediation
  • Supported accommodation/respite
  • Conflict resolution
  • Telephone counselling and support
  • Information and referral
  • Advocacy
  • Liaison with other services
  • Education support
  • Living and social skills education


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