There are two programs offered for men living with complex needs who are at risk of homelessness. Our participants are treated with dignity and respect, and actively involved in decision-making to ensure outcomes meet their needs and address their interests, concerns and priorities.
Men's Accommodation and Support Service (MASS)
This program works with men at risk of homelessness, including men leaving custody or otherwise involved in the criminal justice system. Men are accepted into the program on agreement to participate in EveryMan's case management and support program, and allocated an EveryMan property for the duration of their involvement - generally around 12 months. After the client successfully completes the program, management of the house may be returned to Housing ACT. or the client may be assisted with transitioning to other accommodation.
Men's Outreach Support Service (MOSS)
We provide Outreach Case Management support to men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Men may have their own accommodation which is inadequate or at risk of breaking down, or may be offered EveryMan outreach support in cases where accommodation is nededed but we have no vacancies.
Objectives of both programs are to ensure that men:
- Gain enhanced safety and improved health outcomes
- Develop opportunities to increase knowledge, skills and confidence to manage future crises
- Increase their awareness of, and capacity to access ongoing education, community resources and support networks
- Are able to develop ongoing skills to access appropriate mainstream and specialist services
- Are better able to sustain stable accommodation
Partners may be accommodated under the man's occupancy agreement as co-habitants. Where possible, multi-bedroom accommodation may be provided to support men with agreements in place for access with their children.
Fifteen places are allocated specifically to men involved in the Justice system (in prison, on remand or on probation). MASS works through protocols that involve ACT Community Corrections, and the ACT Sentence Administration Board. The other fifteen places are available to men referred by other agencies, through an application process.
Single men without children who are at risk of homelessness due to circumstances which impact on their capacity to sustain stable accommodation.
Access to MASS services are by referral, mainly through Onelink. To ask about making referrals to the MASS program, call Onelink on 1800 176 468 or email them at email@example.com
To start the referral process for the MASS program, please use EveryMan's general referral form – click here, and tick the box for 'Men's Accommodation & Support Services (MASS)'. The information in this form helps us to prioritise based on needs.
If we think we might be able to support an individual who has been referred, we will send you an application form to provide us with more information about the person and their situation. Applications will be considered by program management and either forwarded to Onelink or actioned directly by MASS.
There can be waiting lists for our services. Please call to ask about vacancies - requests for appointments will be considered, subject to waiting lists and capacity.
There are no fees to access these services.