Haven; Home, Safe has a mobile off-road assertive outreach service for rough sleepers in Swan Hill called the HeyYou-t.
The HeyYou-t is a safe space where rough sleepers can connect with the Homeless Assertive Outreach Response team. It carries basic foods and essential items and stops at several known locations across the Swan Hill region.
An initiative of the State Government’s Victorian Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan, HeyYou-t and our HeyVan in Bendigo are two of eight assertive outreach programs across the state to service areas identified as having the highest incidence of rough sleeping.
The Swan Hill service has been funded through the Department of Health and Human Services for $861,000 over two years and has the capacity to provide assertive outreach to up to 120 people sleeping rough a year, including rapid access to emergency accommodation, health services, ongoing case management and housing support.
The HeyYou-t operates Monday to Friday and provides a range of outreach services, including:
The HeyYou-t visits a number of sites around the Swan Hill District which include: