Social Services

Special Homelessness Services Program

Ungooroo – through funding from the Department of Family and Community Services – provides strengths-based, client-focused casework and support under the Special Homeless Services (SHS) program. Ungooroo’s aim is to empower young people with choices and options. Ungooroo provides pathways for our youth to build their skills to address their homelessness in a supportive environment. We believe in our youth reaching their full potential.

Our services are for youth aged between 12 and 25 years who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are homeless (or at risk of homelessness). We provide:
early intervention to stay at home or maintain a stable tenancy
outreach, casework, support & advocacy
living skills workshops
referrals to specialist services
referrals and access to bulk billing GP services
education and employment support
access to transitional accommodation
access to private rental market
access to HNSW products and services
support with services such as Centrelink and Job Network providers
brokerage

If you are a young person aged between 12 to 25 years, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are homeless or at risk of homelessness, you can contact us directly.

Alternatively, if you know a young person who fits the eligibility criteria, you can make the referral on their behalf. Referrals can be made by the young person’s parents, carers, schools, GP, members of the community, or other support services and agencies.

Ungooroo’s SHS program covers the Upper and Lower Hunter region. Between our two SHS workers, we cover:
Dungog
Cessnock
Maitland
Singleton
Muswellbrook
Merriwa
Scone

Our youth support workers Clarinda Masters and Michael Heitmeyer can be contacted on (02) 6571 5111. or email us.

Referrals can be made via CIMS for SHS PROGRAM.