Two men and two women standing in an empty kitchen, smiling.

A Place to Call Home

After four years of living in temporary accommodations, Darrin was able to achieve his goal of moving into permanent housing! With support from his Mai-Wel Psychosocial Recovery Coach, Support Workers and Mental Health Supports from the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI), Darrin now resides in a beautiful residence owned by Sanctuary Place.

Darrin received his first NDIS plan in June 2022 where he was linked with his Psychosocial Recovery Coach at Mai-Wel. Psychosocial Recovery Coaches are qualified mental health specialists that help with capacity and resilience during challenging times, linking with providers and supports through their NDIS funding.

When Darrin came onboard with Mai-Wel, he had access to HASI; a statewide program that supports people with a severe mental illness to live and recover in the community in the way that they want to. Through this program, people are connected with a network of support people, including Support Workers, Clinicians, Mental Health Supports and family to assist them to build independence in their daily life and promote recovery.

Part of the HASI was choosing the best support services to fit Darrin’s unique needs and so Darrin was assisted by his Psychosocial Recovery Coach to connect with New Leaf Disability Support. With Support Workers trained in mental health, this was the perfect provider to assist Darrin with his unique needs and promote independence in his life.

With the right support network in place, all that was left was to source housing that Darrin could call home. It was then that Darrin’s Psychosocial Recovery Coach connected with Sanctuary Place, who were able to provide supports for Darrin to meet his goal and gain permanent housing!

Darrin secured housing living with 3 other males in a house where they can live independently with support.

“I am the happiest I have been in years, finally having a safe and secure home.” Says Darrin.