V360 Australia believe in a housing first model. Regardless of the issues facing anyone who is homeless, there needs to be stability in their accommodation and food supply. By providing immediate and suitable crisis accommodation, we are able to begin the process of identifying needs and case managing the veteran into services such as medical/mental health, DVA or Centrelink entitlements, connection with allied service providers and rebuilding social and family networks.
Cypress Cottage (Crisis Accommodation)
We are currently engaged with two properties in Perth. Cypress Cottage is a project run by the Veterans Motorcycle Club and is available to anyone who served that finds themselves homeless. While VMC provide the property and maintain the grounds, we populate and manage the veteran residents.
The peer-to-peer supports available to the residents can also provide vital re-connection with the ex-service community, this is a major aspect of rebuilding self-confidence and returning to the community feeling well supported.
As a short-term facility with very reasonable weekly rent, Cypress Cottage has saved many veterans from the destitution of homelessness.
Nagel House (Medium to Longer-Term Accommodation)
A V360A initiative, Nagel House was setup in February 2016 to provide a medium to long-term accommodation facility where those who are past the crisis accommodation needs can begin to work on community reintegration. Having a stable environment where veterans can deal with medical/mental health treatment regimes, seek assistance in preparing to re-enter the private rental market and can begin retraining and employment programs is a vital aspect in the recovery from homelessness.
While this is not designed to be a permanent residential option, lodgers are not required to move into other accommodation unless they have reached a level of independence where they are no longer in need of this supported environment.
So far we have seen more than two dozen veterans transition through this accommodation since opening.