WEFH provides support and accommodation to families in crisis and assists them to achieve a level of independence that enables them to re-engage with their local community and live independently. The Service achieves these aims by using an integrated collaborative service delivery model that identifies and responds appropriately to the needs of families, beyond that of providing shelter. WEFH supports and accommodates families who are homeless or are experiencing a crisis which threatens their current accommodation. The majority of families requiring assistance are single parents (male and female) and their children. We continue to take into consideration the needs of single male parents and their children when allocating properties. WEFH is the only organisation currently offering accommodation to this client group in the Illawarra. We also house non custodial single parents both male and female having regular access visits. Often these parents are receiving very little income but need to provide sleeping provisions for weekend or holiday visits. We continue to acknowledge the diversity within the definition of ‘family’, as clients present to the service in same sex relationships, multi generational groups, siblings without parents and adults with access arrangements to children from previous relationships (now separated), that are not their own.
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