Samaritans Homeless Youth Assistance Program
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Samaritans Homeless Youth Assistance Program

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Samaritans can help with brokerage funds to support young people at risk of homelessness through our Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP) and Family Outreach Child and Adolescent Service (FOCAS) programs.

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The Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP) is a brokerage and support service for the community sector supporting young people aged 12-15 years. HYAP is available to support young people who are connected to a Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS) in the Hunter and New England Area Health Districts.

How it works:
HYAP is available to support young people who are at risk of homelessness, disengaged in education, have Mental Health, impacted by DV, trauma and/or family breakdown, misuse of drugs and alcohol and interaction with the justice system and Out of Home Care (OOHC).

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Samaritans HYAP can also provide accredited family mediation services and counselling with a social worker.

Family Outreach Child and Adolescent Service (FOCAS) offers brokerage funds and support for young people aged 12-15 and their families who have been affected by COVID-19.

FOCAS aims to use innovative strategies to overcome challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home guidelines to deliver essential support to young people.

FOCAS Brokerage funding can be used for:

  • Cultural-specific expenses
    (e.g. cultural event, interpreting service)
  • Family Restoration
    (e.g. family mediation, family counselling, parenting course)
  • Early intervention
    (e.g. counselling, group work)
  • Clinical support
    (e.g. counselling with psychologist or social worker)
  • Systems and IT to access online education and support.

FOCAS is available for Non-SHS services to access.

How to access HYAP

Samaritans HYAP can assist young people aged 12 - 15 who are at risk of homelessness. Young people must be supported by a Case Manager.

A service can apply for brokerage on behalf of a young person at risk in the following ways:

SHS Services can make a direct application to HYAP via CIMS referral.
Non-SHS Services must engage with a SHS Service in order to apply for HYAP brokerage on behalf of a young person. This is so that a young person can have access to a Case Manager.
Call us to request an information pack to guide you through the referral process.

Contact us

02 4934 0814

HYAP Email: [email protected]

FOCAS Email: [email protected]

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