About Horizon House
Homes, care and support for young people at risk.
Equipping and empowering young people for life
Horizon House provides safe, stable accommodation and support to young people aged 16-22 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
More than a roof over their head, our team works with young people to understand who they are and what they want to do. Then, we work together to develop the skills and access the support they need to look after themselves and move on to attain and maintain housing independently, breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Many of the young people in our program have faced multiple challenges such as family conflict, physical or mental abuse, disrupted education, substance abuse and unemployment. Our caregivers help connect them with appropriate community-based support and clinical services, and provide strengths-based, trauma-informed support and case management.
Our job is not to replace the role of parents or guardians, rather we support young people to develop the skills they need to achieve their goals and realise their potential.
Capacity development and connection
We aim not only to develop a young person’s capacity to achieve and maintain safe, permanent accommodation, but also to reconnect with their community and participate in employment, training and education opportunities.
The goals our young people are working towards may include completing skills training, gaining employment, building and connecting with social networks and, where appropriate, reconnecting with family.
As part of the program, they also learn essential skills such as cooking, cleaning, learning to drive and personal budgeting that they will need in order to live independently.
Over the past five years, Horizon House has been privileged to support 621 young people, including 127 young mothers and their babies.
Last financial year we provided 176 young people with 42,238 nights of secure accommodation, including 32 young mothers and their babies. Of those young people, 44 (25%) identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. 90% transitioned to independent living, 128 accessed education and 102 engaged in employment opportunities. Critically, 82% of the young people who accessed the service said it had a positive effect on their overall wellbeing.
Make a referral
For information on how to refer a young person to Horizon House, please click on the apply button below.
St John of God Horizon House is committed to providing a safe environment for all children/young people in its care and proactively takes measures to protect children/young people from abuse.
We actively implement strategies to ensure that our services are physically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally safe.
The welfare of the children/young people in our care is our first priority and we have zero tolerance towards child abuse, which is any act committed against a child/young person involving physical violence, sexual offences, emotional and/or psychological abuse or neglect.
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