Horizon House secures brighter future for youth at risk of homelessness

HOMELESSNESS WEEK 

Moving to Horizon House in Ballarat has helped 19-year-old Louise* secure safe and comfortable accommodation and begin studying health care.  

SUPPORT: St John of God Horizon House provides accommodation and support for young people at risk of homelessness in Ballarat. The condition is all residents must re-engage in education, training or employment. Picture: St John of God Outreach

SUPPORT: St John of God Horizon House provides accommodation and support for young people at risk of homelessness in Ballarat. The condition is all residents must re-engage in education, training or employment. Picture: St John of God Outreach

The service provides accommodation and support for young people at risk of homelessness and aims to help them set and achieve goals and independence. 

All residents in the house, operated by St John of God, must be in or committed to re-engaging in education, training or employment.

Before moving to Horizon House, life at home for Louise was overcrowded and stressful. She is now a part of tier one of the program, which includes the provision of accommodation and intensive support for a period of up to 12 months.

“I now have a fresh, new outlook on life because the program has given me the opportunity to set goals and achieve them,” Louise said. 

Watch the video below to hear another story from St John of God Horizon House 

For more information about Horizon House or to make a referral to contact hh.ballarat@sjog.org.au or 0343106987. 

*Not her real name. 

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