Victoria Park Youth Accommodation Incorporated
Years of Operation1983 – ongoing
Role Of FacilityDescribed in 1983 as an accommodation and support for unemployed males and females, 18-25 years (younger people must have permission from parents).
By 1989 the service was described as providing externally supported medium to long term accommodation in three suburban houses for males and females aged 12-25 years.
Up to 15 young people could access medium term accommodation in 1995.
Described in 2001 as providing a youth accommodation service for young people and their dependants between the ages of 15 and 25 years who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
Sponsoring AgencyVictoria Park Youth Accommodation Incorporated
Address(es)5 Leonard Street, Victoria Park
It is likely that one of the houses available for young people in 1989 and 1990 was at 17b Basinghall Street, East Victoria Park.
Brief HistoryFunding for this service was originally provided through the Youth Supported Accommodation Program, which was a sub-program of the Commonwealth/State funded Supported Accommodation Assistance Programme (SAAP). From 2009, funding continues to be provided through the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). [For notes on this program see the section on NAHA/SAAP at the beginning of Signposts].
In 1983, the service required residents to enter into a contract whereby part of rent charged is held in trust to assist the person build up sufficient funds for a bond in unsupported accommodation and independent living skills were acquired.
In 1989, a separate referral service was also operated from another office.
In 1995, Victoria Park Youth Accommodation’s Funding Agreement with the Department outlined the purpose of the funded services, the service objectives and performance indicators:
The purpose of the service was “to provide medium to long term externally supported accommodation to young people aged 15-25 years in Victoria Park and surrounding areas.”
Service Objectives:
“Young homeless people have safe, stable and supportive accommodation.
Young homeless people improve their personal development and awareness of their rights and responsibilities.
Young homeless people attain independent living skills wherever possible.
Young homeless people move to independent accommodation.” (Funding Agreement between Victoria Park Youth Accommodation and Family and Children’s Services 1995, as reported in the Out of Home, Preventative and Alternative Care Services Review, “Terms of Reference”, Family and Children’s Services, 1995).
In 2001 its service agreement with the Department described the service as providing community based accommodation to young people who are in need of accommodation and support. Accommodation consists of 16 houses for young families and two two-bedroom units for young singles located in and around the area of Victoria Park. The service has the capacity to accommodate up to 22 young people and their accompanying family members. (Service Agreement with the Department for Child Protection).
RecordsDepartmental case records for young people placed by the Department may reside with the Department for Child Protection.
It is unknown whether any other records are still in existence.
The Department may be able to assist people wishing to contact the Victoria Park Youth Accommodation Service to see if they hold case records or other information that may be useful to people.
AccessWhile access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
Contact DetailsFreedom of Information
Department of Communities
Locked Bag 5000, Fremantle WA 6959
Telephone: (08) 6217 6888
Country free call: 1800 176 888