JA Fast Facts

Junction Australia currently serves more than 6500 South Australians every year.  We have 200 staff delivering 32 services. We are a leading provider of integrated affordable housing and community services.
 

Homelessness

  • Junction Australia has been dynamically responding to the needs of homeless people in SA for over 35 years
  • Junction Australia provided support to over 1,100 homeless people during 2014-15, including over 100 escaping domestic violence
  • Over 230,000 Australians accessed specialist homelessness services in 2010-11
  • Of these 23,500 homeless people in SA, 10,500 are children (DCSI Dec 2012)
  • 27% of homeless people in SA are teenagers aged 12-18 (DCSI Dec 2012).  

Housing and Urban Development

  • Junction Australia is a leading Community Housing Provider that manages over 1,700 dwellings across SA.
  • In October 2015, the management of 608 former SA Housing Trust dwellings was transferred to Junction Australia’s ‘Tier One’ Community Housing Provider, Junction and Women’s Housing Ltd.
  • Home ownership is moving out of reach. National Housing Supply Council report indicates that between 2001 and 2015, Median House Prices increased by 420% whilst Wages only increased by 220% (Half the rate).
  • Australia currently has a shortfall of over 220,000 dwellings (National Housing Supply Council).
  • The SA Housing Trust currently has 42,000 dwellings, but currently has a waiting list of over 21,000.
  • SA Government has announced a commitment to:
    • Transferring 5,000 public housing dwellings to Community Housing Providers by 2018
    • Redevelopment of all public housing built prior to 1968 by 2030, approximately 17,000 dwellings
    • Redevelopment of 4,500 dwellings within a 10Km radius of CBD by 2020
    • Growing the capacity of the Community Housing sector.

Youth

  • 26 young homeless people lived at Junction House in 2014/15
  • Youth Connections, JA’s mentoring program for young people living with Junction Australia, engaged with 43 individuals in 2014/15
  • 578 clients were supported by the Outer Southern Youth Homelessness Service in 2014/15
  • Of all the young people supported by Junction Australia, 41% were suffered mental health issues and 25% had experienced domestic or family violence
  • There are also a number of structural factors which contribute to youth homelessness including poverty, social inequality and youth unemployment
  • The Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) is Australia's primary response to homelessness. But every night, one in two young people who seek a bed from SAAP is turned away because services are full. 

Child Protection

In 2013-14, only $678m was spent across Australia on preventative and reparative services aimed at keeping families together, compared to $3.32b for child protection and out of home care services

  • Junction Australia’s award-winning ‘Point of Engagement’ Program has demonstrated capacity to undertake intensive intervention with high-risk families to keep vulnerable new-born babies safe by supporting parents to improve their parenting
  • Approx 10,500 vulnerable children accompanied their homeless parents when accessing SA’s homelessness and domestic violence support services during 2010-11
  • Through no fault of the their own, over 2,400 SA children and young people cannot live with their birth parents, and are currently under guardianship of the State Minister
  • Approximately 300 SA children are not able to access ‘family based’ care and are living in 24/7 residential care.

Domestic Violence

  • Junction Australia’s Registered Community Housing Provider, Junction and Women’s Housing, is the largest non-government provider of housing for women who have experienced DV in SA
  • Junction Australia’s housing portfolio includes 785 women-led households (where the lead tenant is female) including 132 tenancies which are specifically allocated to women escaping domestic violence through a referral from a Domestic Violence support agency (Sept 2015)
  • More than one Australian woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence
  • Every 3 hours, one Australia woman is hospitalised due to Domestic Violence
    • One child is murdered every fortnight in Australia due to domestic and family violence
    • In 2014, 84 women were killed in Domestic Violence related murders across Australia
    • One woman in three has experienced physical violence, since the age of 15
    • One woman in five has experienced sexual violence
    • One woman in four had experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner
    • Women in Australia are three times more likely than men to experience violence at the hands of a partner
    • More than half of the women who experienced violence had children in their care when the violence occurred
    • On 10 September 2015 this number stood at 61 murdered women across Australia, making it likely that the 2014 toll will be exceeded
    • DCSI reports indicate that 8,076 clients reported experiencing Domestic Violence when seeking support from the state’s specialist homelessness services in 2013/14. It is also important to note that 24% (1,938) of these clients were children aged 0-14 years. (DCSI Homelessness Strategy 2013-14)
    • A national study completed by KPMG in 2013 reported the following:
      • Violence against women and their children is a significant financial cost to the Australian community
      • Cost of violence was estimated to $19.1 billion in 2013, roughly 1.1% of Australia’s GDP or for every man, woman and child ($8,450 per person).

Point of Engagement

  • Undertakes intensive intervention with parents or pregnant women who are involved in drug or alcohol misuse and their vulnerable new-born babies and children
  • The program works in closely with Families SA and Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA) and proactively and systematically engages with parents
  • It uses the Parents Under Pressure Model to review their own life choices, improve their parenting skills and enhance the development and wellbeing of vulnerable children
  • PoE builds upon the strengths of each family and addresses issues including housing, budgeting, health and nutrition
  • POE has a strong focus upon building positive relationships and attachment by fostering mindful parenting and building knowledge of child development.
     

Housing and Urban Development

  • JA’s ‘Vibrant North’ strategy led to the construction of 36 new affordable homes in Northern Adelaide area during 2014, with 19 homes being promptly allocated to provide a safe and stable home women who have experienced domestic violence
  • JA’s ‘Mitchell Park Connect’ – the management of 608 public housing properties was transferred from Housing SA to Junction Australia in October 2015
  • Junction Australia draws upon 35 years of experience in the Southern Adelaide region to:
    • Deliver the core services of tenant and asset management and community engagement
    • Ensure the Mitchell Park tenants have safe, well-maintained homes within a healthy, inclusive community.

Safe & Together

  • Focuses on challenging fathers to accept responsibility for the impact that their domestic violence has on their children
  • Led and chaired by JA
  • Raises the awareness of perpetrators’ about how their violence damages the way their children view them as fathers
  • International evidence indicates that greater understanding the impact of violence by fathers on their children can really ‘hit home’ with men
  • This perspective can also be used to great effect across the broader child welfare and courts systems
  • The Safe and Together model was developed by American domestic violence expert David Mandel and used in the USA, UK and is slowly being introduced across Australia

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