Bobby Goldsmith Foundation’s Housing Support programs offer a range of housing options and support services that allow people living with HIV to maintain their independence by living in the community.
PLHIV who received accommodation support experienced complex and challenging behaviours and required specific support to sustain successful independent tenancies.
In conjunction with other HIV and health services, caseworkers helped their clients to improve their independent living and social skills, assisted with their health management skills and to maintain their HIV treatment regimes, helped them to develop financial management skills, supported their emotional and mental health needs, and monitored any other ongoing needs.
BGF’s partners in accommodation support include ADAHPS, the Office of Community Housing, St George Community Housing, Bridge Housing, Link Housing, Wentworth Community Housing and Hume Community Housing.
BGF’s Brokered Care program (BCP) is designed to help clients maintain independent living in the community and provides a range of services linked to the tasks of daily living. It is a fee-for-service program for which BGF is engaged by ADAHPS for clients with complex and multiple needs.
BGF will work with other health organisations to increase revenue from this program in future years.
The HIV AOD Integrated Service combines housing support, HIV-related support and alcohol and other drugs support. The Program is responsible for providing services to PLHIV who have multiple complex needs that cannot be met under existing service arrangements.
The service model has five key partner agencies: the Haymarket Foundation, BGF, Positive Central, HIV Outreach Team and the AIDS Dementia & HIV Psychiatry Service (ADAHPS).
All clients in this program had been homeless and were non compliant with HIV and related medications. Options provided by this program have resulted in improved mental and physical health, significantly improved adherence to medication and more stable housing circumstances.
BGF’s Brokered Care program (BCP) is designed to help clients maintain independent living in the community and provides a range of services linked to the tasks of daily living. Brokered Care is a fee-for-service program for which BGF is engaged by other organisations for clients with complex and multiple needs. PLHIV who are eligible for the HIV AOD Integrated Service, BG House, Floating Care and Brougham St programs can receive brokered care.
The partner for BCP is ADAHPS in addition to the Office of Community Housing and a range of housing providers.
The Floating Care program focuses on up to 20 PLHIV who have challenging behaviour. These clients need specific support to sustain successful independent tenancies in community housing and gain access to a range of eligible community services. BGF partners for this program are the Office of Community Housing, St George Housing, Bridge Housing, Link Housing and Hume Community Housing.
In conjunction with other HIV and health services, Floating Care caseworkers helped their clients to improve their independent living and social skills, assisted with their health management skills and to maintain their HIV treatment regimes, helped them to develop financial management skills, supported their emotional and mental health needs, and monitored any other ongoing needs.
The purpose of this program is to increase adherence to ART, reduce hospital admissions and a care and support package that aims to promote safety around the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) of house tenants - by providing support for independent living, regular psycho-social support, coaching, and providing a connection to external services and the wider community.
People who have been residents of BGF House in the past six months will automatically transition into the project.
In line with NSW Health funding, all referrals for the new project will be administered via the HIV Supported Accommodation Coordinator (based at ADAHPS), using already established criteria, as follows:
To be eligible for HIV/AIDS supported accommodation, support must be required to perform tasks of daily living and HIV/AIDS must be the significant factor for the person with HIV/AIDS’ inability to live independently.
As a minimum, for a person living with HIV/AIDS to be eligible for supported accommodation they must:
Community Support Workers (CSW) will work within a holistic, client-centred model of care where the client must agree to the support agreement and be actively engaged in it. Non-engagement will be addressed with case management staff and intervention options explored. In the new model, CSWs’ will continue to offer adherence (DOT, meal assistance and preparation, telephony ART and other medication reminders) and psycho-social support that addresses (among other things) isolation, mental health support, coaching to wellness and engagement with their community. Staff on call overnight and vital call support services will also be provided.