- St John of God Horizon House
- For young people
Get the space, stability and support you need to move forward
Homes, care and support for young people at risk of homelessness or who don’t have a safe, stable place to live.
Horizon House is a service for young people aged 16-22 who don’t have access to a safe or permanent place to live.
Whatever has put you at risk of homelessness, at Horizon House we’re here for you, with a safe place to stay, think about your future and get the support you need to make it happen.
More than a roof over your head, our team will work with you to understand who you are, what you want to do and where you want to be. Then, together, we’ll develop the skills and access the support you need to look after yourself and move on.
Frequently asked questions and answers
All Horizon House locations have a team of youth workers who are there to help you identify your goals, work towards them and develop skills to help you live independently in the future.
At Horizon House all young people have their own bedroom that comes furnished (this includes a single bed). Bed linen and towels are also provided for you. The bedrooms have a privacy lock that cannot be accessed by other young people.
Bathrooms, kitchen and living areas are all communal spaces that you share with up to five other young people.
To take a virtual tour of the house nearest you, visit our locations page.
The rent/board at Horizon House is $115 per week. This includes household bills like electricity and internet, as well as groceries for main meals.
If you don’t have any money coming in at the moment, don’t worry. Our team of caregivers can help you access any Centrelink payments that you may be entitled to.
Visitors are allowed at all Horizon Houses. To maintain the health and safety of everyone they need to be discussed with staff first. Please note visitors are not able to stay overnight.
The expectations at Horizon House are pretty simple. Respect everyone and do your bit.
To get the most out of the program, young people are expected to engage with workers and their case management, participate in a day program such as work, study or training (for those in our Young Mother and Baby Program, being a parent) and help out with cooking and cleaning – if you’re unsure of how to cook and/or clean, our caregivers will be there to help you learn and develop your confidence in these areas.
The initial phase of Horizon House is a 12 month stay. During this time we will be helping you search for longer term accommodation and develop your independence – not everyone needs the full 12 months, others do.
Most rules centre around the health and safety of everyone at the house. For example, no smoking, vaping, drugs or alcohol is allowed on the premises. Overnight or unapproved visitors are also not allowed.
There is a curfew in most houses, and young people are expected to communicate with staff if they are staying out.
Some houses have program specific guidelines so feel free to discuss this with the Support Coordinator during your referral process.
Your room will be furnished with a bed (including pillows and linen), a wardrobe and drawers etc.
If you wish to bring other large items with you please discuss this with staff once your referral has been accepted – their ability to accommodate this will depend on the space available.
Feel free to bring photos, decorations and personal items – whatever makes it feel more like home! Except pets, unfortunately we can’t accommodate those.
If you think Horizon House is right for you, visit the ‘apply’ page on this site and fill in a referral form.
If you have an organisation or worker that you are currently being supported by, you can ask them to download the form and fill it out with you.
Completed forms should be sent to [email protected]. From there, one of our staff members will contact you for more information.
Once we receive your referral, a staff member from the appropriate house will get in touch to talk about whether the program is a good fit for you, get the details for your references and let you know whether there are any places currently available.
Once all that is sorted, we’ll be in touch again to explain more about the service, the process for moving in and starting the program, and to organise a time to meet up face to face.
If at any time you, your referrer or our staff feel like Horizon House can’t meet your needs, we will try our best to connect you with other service providers who may be able to support you.
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