A recent grant by the Department of Health and Human Services has supported Jesuit Social Services to upgrade facilities at Perry House and Dillon House.
The two properties provide supported accommodation for young people experiencing homelessness leaving the youth justice system. Dillon House is part of the Next Steps program, which also delivers intensive case management, and Perry House works with young people with intellectual disabilities.
The grant has allowed Dillon House to install a new air-conditioning system and Perry House to replace floorboards and carpets throughout the property.
Leanne Acreman, General Manager – Housing and Complex Needs at Jesuit Social Services says the upgrades have been well received by staff and participants.
“Young people experiencing homelessness and leaving the justice system are among the most vulnerable members of the community. These modern fittings and conveniences will help young people feel comfortable and valued when they arrive at either Perry or Dillon House, and we are grateful that the Department has been able to support our request.”
Renaye Kelleher from the Department of Health and Human Services says that upgraded facilities will support young people to feel valued.
“Vulnerable young people need suitable surroundings to successfully transition back into the community, and we are pleased to have been able to provide funding to support this.”
(Pictured: staff at Perry House).