Transitional Accommodation and Support Service
What is Transitional Accommodation and Support?
Transitional Accommodation and Support Services (TASS) offer transitional housing and support to people with intellectual disabilities who are re-entering the community from prison. The program provides community living skills, home management skills, and supports people to become meaningfully engaged within their community.
It provides accommodation and case management support with a focus on risk assessment and manageability, community integration and skill development.
Clients will be supported to:
- Maintain their tenancy over the transitional term, including payment of rent and other outgoings relevant to the property, maintaining appropriate property standards and the behaviour of occupants and visitors to the property.
- Assist clients to achieve daily living skills required to ensure compliance with any community release orders, education and vocational training courses, employment placement or recreational activities.
- Develop and maintain skills to improve the client’s ability to increase their social and community support networks.
- Increase their community support networks by engaging local government agencies, community services and local community activities.
- Acquire permanent accommodation by the end of the transitional period.
- Achieve successful integration into the community.
Who is TASS for?
TASS is for ex-offenders with identified high needs and a high risk of returning to custody due to a lack of suitable accommodation.
TASS offers re-entry support and mentoring services to referred offenders 1 month prior to leaving custody and for a transitional period of 6 months around accommodation provided by The Department of Housing and Works (DHW).
How Can I get Involved?
You will need to be referred to the program prior to leaving custody.
UnitingCare West works with The Department of Housing and Works (DHW), and the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) to provide this service.