Pathways to Independent Living
Are you at risk of experiencing homelessness? Our Housing Independence Program team (HIP) can support you.
Our programs provide you with stable, short-term housing and skills for finding and keeping a long-term home.
Our current programs include:
|PROGRAM NAME||AVAILABLE LOCATIONS|
|Together Home Program (TH)||Sydney Metro and Hunter Region|
|Housing Independence Program (HIP)||Sydney Metro|
|Temporary Accommodation Program (TAP)||Sydney Metro|
If you answer “YES” to one or more of the below questions, you may be eligible for these programs:
- I am homeless or about to become homeless
- I have a history of sleeping rough
- I have at least one person in my household aged over 18
- I have regular income or income support payments
- I agree to work with Hume to succeed in the program
If you would like support, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page so we can understand your situation. If you are not eligible for one of these programs, we can still help by connecting you with someone else who can help.
Click the drop-down headings below for information on our programs.
Collapsed tabTogether Home Program
The Together Home (TH) program is designed to support people experiencing long-term homelessness.
Hume secures properties from the private rental market for a period of two years.
Once safely housed, our Customer Support Coordinators support you to maintain your tenancy, improve your health and wellbeing, and make meaningful connections to your community.
- Provides choice over your new home, including location and furnishings
- Works with you at your own pace, giving you time to adjust to your new environment and build a relationship with us
- Listens to you to understand your needs
- Focuses on your strengths to increase your life skills
- Supports you to achieve your housing and wellbeing goals
- Works with you to find a long-term housing solution
Together Home is a collaborative program between Hume and the Department of Communities and Justice.
Collapsed tabHousing Independence Program
The Housing Independence Program (HIP) aims to get people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless into a short-term home.
We can support you, even if you have been evicted from a social or private rental or if you have rental debts. The HIP team will work with you to set goals to secure and sustain a private rental or affordable or social housing rental.
We coordinate other service partners to support you with:
- Negotiating payment plans for debts
- Building a positive rental track record
- Accessing support services
You can refer yourself to us, or you can be referred from another government or non-government organisations.
Apply by calling us on (02) 9722 4300 and selecting ‘Option 1’, or on our Housing Independence Program Application page.
Download our program flyer for more information.
Collapsed tabTemporary Accommodation Program
The South Western Sydney Temporary Accommodation Program (TAP) provides short-term, safe accommodation and supports to transition into long-term housing.
To be eligible for TAP you must be referred by the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) in South Western Sydney area.
Once in the program, Hume will:
- Provide you with a safe place to stay
- Assist you to build a positive rental record with documentation to assist future rental applications
- Support you to find suitable properties
- Assist you with transport to inspect a potential home
- Assist you to apply for bond assistance
- Connect you with other service providers
Hume delivers TAP in partnership with the Department of Communities and Justice.
The program has helped thousands of customers who have not been able to access Specialist Homelessness Services.
If you would like to be referred to TAP, call Link2Home on 1800 152 152, or visit a DCJ office.