Housing Resource Worker
The Housing Resource Worker provides information, referral, advocacy and in some circumstances, case management to eligible clients, relating to housing and homelessness issues. To be eligible for the service clients need to be homeless or at risk of homelessness. The service covers the Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury Local Government Areas (LGAs).
The project is auspiced by Wentworth and funded via the Department of Community Services under the joint Commonwealth/State Supported Accommodation and Assistance Programme (SAAP).
Adult Homelessness Resource Worker
A part-time position auspiced by Wentworth, the Adult Homelessness Resource Worker participates in or has responsibility for:
Facilitating the Nepean Adult Homelessness Services Interagency monthly.
Facilitating the Hawkesbury Housing Forum.
Nepean Campaign Against Homelessness (see below).
Policy and procedure development for the specialist homelessness services auspiced by Wentworth Community Housing.
Supporting submissions and advocacy for services seeking funding.
Participation in YAIN, Homelessness NSW, Penrith and other relevant interagency meetings.
Resourcing services through regular emails, reports etc
Nurreen is auspiced by Wentworth and provides a range of housing and support services to women and children in the Hawkesbury who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Services are available to all women living, working or studying in the Hawkesbury.
See Nurreen Brochure
Wentworth Community Housing has been funded by Housing NSW to coordinate The Housing First Project, which harnesses the strengths and experience of local people and local services to:
Improve access to prevention, early intervention and tenancy support
Advance the integration of homeless services
Act as a demonstration project for other NSW homeless services.
More than 80 organisations are supporting The Housing First Project — the first multi-service collaboration of its kind in Australia. Project partners are passionate about their vision to end homelessness in the Nepean-Blacktown area and are working on practical projects that empower chronically homeless people and encourage them to participate in the community.
The Housing First Project taps into the experiences of Housing First start-ups overseas, offering resource manuals and accredited online and group skills-based training. Annual conferences will showcase programs, practices and policy issues.
See Western Sydney Housing First Website
Other Community Partnerships
Wentworth works with a number of community based and government organisations to deliver a range of housing and accommodation support projects in outer western Sydney. Wentworth welcomes enquiries from support agencies wishing to discuss partnerships.
Many of the support agencies are funded through the NSW Government Departments of Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care, and Corrective Services.
Wentworth is one of five members of BlueCHP. BlueCHP is a not for profit company established specifically to purchase or develop affordable rental housing for people on low to moderate incomes.
BlueCHP pulls together the resources, collective wisdom, and best practice of its five member housing associations in a way that also retains the individuality of each organisation.
All BlueCHP properties are managed by one of its five member organisations. Affordable Housing properties are let at rents that are less than 80% of the market rent.
Further details about Affordable Housing with Wentworth, including the application form, can be found here.
BlueCHP also has mainstream community housing properties. The management of these properties is outsourced to its member organisations in line with their current policies.