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Housing ACT has a specialised Youth Team which works with young people aged between 16 and 25 years of age. Young people are assessed on an individual basis and allocation to the Youth Team is based on a client’s specific needs. However, Care and Protection involvement (including out of home care) and incarceration would normally provide automatic access to the Youth Team.
The Youth Team provides one point of contact being the Youth Housing Manager, who will work with the young person around their housing application, connection with support services and provide advice on Housing ACT policies, processes and procedures.
When a young person signs up for a tenancy with Housing ACT, the Youth Housing Manager will remain the point of contact until they are 25 years of age – and sometimes longer. They will conduct client service visits and assist the young person to sustain their tenancy. The Youth team works with many youth agencies, including ACTtogether, to help achieve this outcome. This collaboration often begins when a young person is still in care and plans are discussed and supporting documents collected to assist in the timely assessment and allocation processes, along with the provision of supports to help the sustain the tenancy.
(2) Through the consultation process for the new ACT Housing Strategy, including the Housing and Homelessness Summit, feedback highlighted the need for a better plan for those exiting institutions, into social, community or public housing. It also highlighted the importance of better information sharing between services such as health, mental health, homelessness, justice, counselling, social work and other related services.
Housing ACT is now working to use the input as a guide to inform the actions for the new ACT Housing Strategy which is under development. This includes people exiting institutions and greater information sharing across the ACT Government human service system to better support those who are at risk of homelessness.
(3) The ACT does not collect Territory level data on the housing circumstances of young people after exiting care. ACT Together have implemented a Transition Panel to provide oversight and quality assurance of transition planning for all young people in out of home care from 15 years of age. The panel aims to ensure the development of high quality and timely transition plans that are developed with the active involvement of young people transitioning from care.
Housing ACT’s Youth team currently manages 164 tenancies for young people.
(Question No 1604)
Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 3 August 2018 (redirected to the Minister for Roads):
(1) Who authorised the signs that were erected then removed (after public outcry over safety and legal concerns) warning motorists about people illegally entering/exiting the Mt Taylor (Sulwood Drive) “carpark”.