Throwing coins won’t stop the homelessness
In January 2002, Cathy arrived in St Kilda, ready to start her new role at Sacred Heart Mission. Thinking she had the experience to work in an inner city suburb, instead what Cathy found was a complex community, with the current services unable to meet people’s needs. Cathy describes this as the revolving door of homelessness, and it comes at a cost, with significant monies being spent on managing a system that is not ending homelessness.
Through the experience of working with people like Mary, Cathy and the team at Sacred Heart have grown a body of evidence that shows the link between exposure to trauma and long-term homelessness, and have piloted a program called Journey to Social Inclusion. This program not only addresses long-term homelessness, but also supports people’s recovery from the impact of trauma and to re-connect them back into community life.