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Pathfinders Specialist Homelessness Services

Pathfinders Specialist Homelessness Services is the delivery of specialist homelessness services through the Going Home Staying Home reforms, with an increased focus on early intervention so people access the right support locally, when they need it and before they reach crisis point.  Under this new system, people who become homeless will be rehoused as quickly as possible or supported in crisis or transitional accommodation until they can be safely housed or reconnected with family.

Pathfinders Specialist Homelessness Services can be accessed through:

Armidale Youth Homelessness Support Service

The Armidale Youth Homelessness Support Service incorporates the Armidale Youth Refuge (AYR) and was the first program operated by Pathfinders Ltd. The AYR was first established in 1985 and continues to operate today more than 30 years on.  The refuge assists young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Armidale area.  It provides client centred homelessness support including:

  • prevention and early intervention
  • rapid rehousing
  • crisis and transitional accommodation
  • brokerage support
  • intensive support for young people with complex needs

Young people aged 16 to 25 years old, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and young people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds will be given priority of access.

The Refuge strives to ensure all young people be cared for in ways that build and expand their personal skills and life opportunities by aiming to:

  • prevent youth homelessness through provision of accommodation and support services including the refuge but also via supported independent living houses, mediation and family counselling services and advocacy;
  • support culturally appropriate interactions with families and children;
  • ensure families, children and young people are active participants in the service delivery process; and
  • provide independent living skills training programs to enhance the well-being of families, children and young people in the local community and the wider region.

Inverell Women and Children’s Refuge

The Inverell Women and Children’s refuge supports women, children and young women over 16 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including those affected by domestic and family violence.

Support is provided in the Inverell and Glen Innes Local Government areas, with regular servicing of outlying communities including Tenterfield, Deepwater, Emmaville, Drake, Red Range, Wallangarra, Ashford and Gilgai in the response to need.

Inverell and Glen Innes Specialist Homelessness Support Outreach

These services assist young people, women, men and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  The target group includes women and children affected by domestic and family violence, young parents, young people under the age of 16 years and young people leaving care or other institutions.  Support will be provided in the Inverell and Glen Innes Local Government areas, with regular servicing of outlying communities (including Tenterfield, Deepwater, Emmaville, Drake, Red Range, Wallangarra and Ashford) in the response to need.  This Service has a strong focus on responses for Aboriginal, young people, women, men and families and is accessible to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Latest News

16 Mar 2018

Inverell Service’s Critical Concerns About Homelessness Rise in Australia

Listen More than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness across Australia in 2016, an increase of about 14% from 2011. According to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), released on Wednesday, for every 10,000 Australians, 50 have no permanent home. In addition, the jump in homelessness in New South Wales was larger than... View Article

15 Mar 2018

Critical Concerns About Homelessness Rise in Australia

Listen More than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness across Australia in 2016, an increase of about 14% from 2011. According to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), released on Wednesday, for every 10,000 Australians, 50 have no permanent home. In addition, the jump in homelessness in New South Wales was larger than... View Article

15 Dec 2017

Pathfinders Responds to Specialist Homelessness Services Report

Listen A report released yesterday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare highlighted the continuing chronic issue of youth homelessness and the importance of specialist homelessness services, the CEO of Pathfinders, Alan Brennan, said. Pathfinders, a not-for-profit agency, runs a number of refuges, crisis accommodation and youth services for families and children in the... View Article

06 Dec 2017

Help us win funding for the Nanyapura boxing program

Listen We need YOUR help! The Nanyapura Boxing​ program has a chance at winning $3000 from the #GreaterArmidale grants program. All you have to do to help us is click on the link below and then click the arrow on the Pathfinders​ post under the “Cast your vote for December” heading. It’s that easy! https://www.greater.com.au/latest-offers/greater-armidale... View Article

30 Nov 2017

Pathfinders’ 2017 Annual Report is here

Listen Click the image below to access Pathfinders Ltd’s 2017 Annual Report featuring the following: Patron’s Message Chairperson’s Message CEO Report 10 inspiring and personal stories about clients and participants who’ve used Pathfinders’ transformative services Funding, HR and ICT Reports Directors’ Report Financial Statements  

Armidale Youth Refuge

p: 02 6772 6557
m: 0417 221 512
e: youthrefuge@pathfinders.ngo

Inverell Women and Children’s Refuge

p: 02 6722 3502
e: inverellwr@pathfinders.ngo

Inverell Homelessness Support Service Outreach

p: 02 6720 8865 – Business Hours Only
e: outreachSHS@pathfinders.ngo

24/7 Domestic Family Violence response and accommodation – 02 6722 3502

Glen Innes Homelessness Support Service Outreach

p: 67321 177 – Business Hours
e: outreachSHS@pathfinders.ngo

Emergency accommodation – Link2Home NSW Housing – 1800 152 152