Supported Accommodation

This 12 week residential recovery-focussed program in Darlinghurst is for women aged 18 years and over, without accompanying children, who are living with a mental illness and are homeless, or are at risk of homelessness. The program is centred on improving wellbeing and securing safe, affordable housing.
Throughout their stay, each woman participates in a case management program, receives mental health treatment, and attends a weekly onsite clinic facilitated by St Vincents Mental Health Service. This program is often best suited to women exiting an inpatient mental health unit as this can be a time when support is required to maintain mental health stability. The program accommodates six women and is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Cost

A client contribution of $20 per night includes meals, laundry facilities and linen.  This contribution can be negotiated in certain circumstances.

Eligibility

Women must be 18 years or over, without accompanying children, be living with a mental illness, and be experiencing homelessness, or be at risk of homelessness. The program can provide support to women in recovery from substance dependency, however the program is unable to accommodate women in active addiction. Clinical support is a key focus for this recovery-based program.

How to apply

Referral procedure

Transitional Housing

B Miles Women’s Foundation has a portfolio of affordable subsidised rental properties located in Sydney’s inner city and surrounding suburbs that are managed by St George Community Housing and Metro Community Housing. Individual tenancies are available from 3 to 12 months.
Each woman residing in transitional housing is allocated a key support worker who provides support and Case Management that is tailored to her individual needs.

Cost

Women accommodated in transitional housing properties are required to pay rent under the NSW Community Housing Rent Policy at the rate of 25% of all income and 100% of Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA). Tenants pay two weeks’ in advance when they sign their lease and are required to pay for their own utility accounts for electricity, gas and telephone.

Eligibility

Women must be 18 years or over, without accompanying children, be living with a mental illness, and be experiencing homelessness, or be at risk of homelessness. The program can provide support to women in recovery from substance dependency, however the program is unable to accommodate women in active addiction. Clinical support is a key focus for this recovery-based program.

How to apply

Referral procedure

Outreach Support

B Miles Women’s Foundation recognises the importance of prevention and early intervention to support women to remain safely in their existing housing. This service response is best suited to women who are currently housed but may be at risk of losing their tenancy.
Support is provided to assist women to maintain their housing, to stabilise their mental health, or to transfer to more suitable housing. The B Miles Outreach team meet with women in their own homes or at a preferred location to support them to achieve their personal goals via Case Management.

Cost

The outreach support service is funded by NSW Department of Family and Community Services and is provided at no cost to clients.

Eligibility

Women must be 18 years or over, be without accompanying children, be living with a mental illness, and be experiencing homelessness, or be at risk of homelessness. The program can provide support to women in recovery from substance dependency, however the program is unable to support women in active addiction. Clinical support is a key focus for this recovery-based program.

How to apply

Referral procedure

Case Management

B Miles Women’s Foundation is committed to providing quality case management practices to every woman who accesses the Foundation’s programs. Case management is designed to assist and support women to work towards their identified goals.

Women are required to:

  • Identify their personal, recovery and housing goals
  • Regularly meet with their B Miles Case Manager to identify steps and actions towards the goals they have identified in their case management plan
  • Receive regular, ongoing mental health treatment from appropriate clinical supports (e.g. psychiatrists, community mental health case managers, psychologists, GPs).
  • Provide consent for their B Miles Case Manager to liaise with clinical supports and other housing providers in the interest of supporting recovery and achieving case management goals.

B Miles Case Managers;

    • Assist with locating, applying for and securing long-term housing
    • Liaise with and make referrals to other agencies (with client consent)
    • Assist women to become familiar with their local areas
    • Provide information about what is available within the community
    • Provide information about relevant Government services and procedures
    • Provide emotional support (not counselling)
    • Provide advocacy

How to apply

Referral procedure

Psychological Services

In acknowledgement of the multiple hardships faced by women experiencing housing instability,

B Miles Women’s Foundation is committed to supporting the provision of psychological treatment for women involved with Specialist Homelessness Services.

In addition to funding individual psychology sessions for clients accommodated in the programs of B Miles Women’s Foundation, the Foundation sponsors a weekly education group that is facilitated by a registrar clinical psychologist. The groups are held weekly in Surry Hills.

How to access groups

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Weekly topics include:

  • The Thinking-Feeling Connection
  • Unhelpful Thinking Styles and How to Change Them
  • Taming Our Worries; Coping with Anxiety
  • Dealing with Uncertainty
  • Adding Mastery, Pleasure and Gratitude to Our Lives
  • Stress Management Strategies
  • Dealing with the Blues
  • Just do it!   How to Change Unhelpful Behaviours
  • Assertive Communication: Asking For What We Need
  • The Neuro Reward System and Addictive Behaviours
  • The Power of Gratitude
  • Healthy Ways to Express Anger
  • Recognising Your Signature Strengths
  • Healthy Relationships with Ourselves and Others
  • Looking After Ourselves: Self-Care
  • The Cost Avoidance and How to Take that First Step
  • Curb Your Worrying: Mindfulness-Based Attention Training
  • The Biology and Psychology of Anxiety and Panic
  • Medication; The Pros and Cons and Safety Information
  • Negative Self-Talk and How to Build Your Self-Esteem
  • Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours; 5 Part Model
  • Catching Automatic Thoughts and Challenging Unhelpful Thinking
  • Breaking the Rules; Adjusting Unhelpful Rules for Living
  • Where is My Mind? Mindfulness of Everyday Living
  • The Biology and Psychology of Panic and Anxiety
  • Skills for Coping with Discomfort and Distress
  • The Facts; Challenging Stigma and Ending Self-Stigma
  • Practical Strategies to Stop Procrastinating
  • Tools for Difficult Days; Visualization, Imagery and Coping Statements
  • Reflection Group; Implementing Skills in Everyday Life
  • DIY Self-Care; Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
  • Communication Skills; How to Ask For What We Want

Referrals

To make an enquiry or a referral to any of the programs of B Miles Women’s Foundation, please phone 1800 274 984 or email Click here to contact us via email

Referral Procedure:

  • Contact us to discuss your situation (or that of a client you wish to refer)
  • Together we will work out the most appropriate person to complete a Referral Form
  • We will arrange an in-person interview to discuss your needs and work out how we may be able to assist you
  • We will ask for your consent to liaise with your other supports (e.g. General Practitioner, psychiatrist, community health Case Manager, psychologist, social worker) in order to provide you with integrated co-ordinated care. If you are not already linked with other supports, we can assist you to receive quality care to best support your recovery
  • If we do not have any vacancies, we will put your name on our wait-list and will work with you to keep you safe while you are waiting for a placement in one of our programs.

Connect with us

Mental Healthline NSW 24hr
1800 011 511

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