55 Central is a specialist organisation that operates in the inner metropolitan area and works to break the cycle of homelessness by providing person centred, evidence based services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
55 Central is an Incorporated Association with public benevolent institution status. It is governed by a Board of Directors who meet at least six times a year and hold an Annual General Meeting within four months of the end of the financial year.
Neil a 42 year old from Perth was referred to the Crisis Accommodation by a hospital Social Worker following treatment for chronic pancreatitis.
Neil had a long history of severe alcohol dependency, but had remained abstinent for several weeks and had every intention of remaining so. His dependency to alcohol largely stemmed from a lack of confidence in social situations and the anxiety which ensued from this, which he found difficult to control. Five years earlier when Neil separated from his partner and was unable to visit his 2 year old son his drinking spiraled out of control and his life fell into chaos. In spite of his lifestyle, he had until two years earlier, worked successfully as a plumber.
Trisha a 27 year old female has been with the Community Support Program for five years. Trisha had been a gifted student and in her early twenties she was in her final year of her biochemistry degree and was intending to undertake a PhD. This was cut short after she was admitted to an acute psychiatric ward in Melbourne as an involuntarily client with a diagnosis of schizophrenia - a serious mental disorder that distorts a person's behaviour, ideas and moods. Trisha remained there for three months until she returned to her mother's home in Perth.
Funded through the State Department Child Protection (DCP) as part of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) 55 Central's Crisis Accommodation service provides 24 hour emergency crisis accommodation for single adult males between the ages of 18-65.
Community Support Program
Funded through the Mental Health Commission, the Community Support Program provides a comprehensive range of integrated support services to male and female adults, who have a diagnosed mental illness.
Housing Support - Street to Home
Funded through Department of Child Protection (DCP), Street to Home represents a comprehensive multiagency response towards addressing the needs of rough sleepers.
Overall the Street to Home model comprises three integrated elements: assertive outreach, mobile clinical outreach and housing support.
Primary Medical Care
Australians have one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world, second only to Japan, but the prevalence of chronic diseases amongst homeless and marginalised people is disproportionately high. This group faces a range of risk factors including drug and alcohol dependency, mental illness and food scarcity. Low income, poor basic and literacy skills, also presents major barriers towards accessing primary medical care.
Yet with basic medical screening - i.e. blood testing - can reduce the onset of diseases and assist in there management, and even in many cases, prevent early death.
Funded through the Drug and Alcohol Office, the Crossroads Project comprises a partnership between 55 Central, Saint Patrick's Community Services and Curtin University. The project provides a unique and innovative response towards tackling alcohol and drug related harm and antisocial behaviour, its dual aims are: