Samaritan House Geelong offers short to long-term housing and support for homeless men over the age of 18.
We continue to address homelessness and have two programs operating – Crisis Overnight Accommodation and the Transition Share House.
Samaritan House first opened as a four-bedroom house in 2012 to provide crisis accommodation for four homeless men. Since then, has offered hope and shelter to more than 300 men who would otherwise be sleeping rough.
In December 2015, a purpose-built, nine bed facility was opened next to the original house, enabling the support of up to 13 men at a time.
The new house accommodates nine men and the original building is used as a transition house, where four men can be supported for up to three months:
Crisis Overnight Accommodation Program
This is provided in the new building. There are single rooms for nine men who have come to Samaritan House for accommodation and support. Often, with stable accommodation for a few weeks, guests are able to get a job which enables them to move into a flat.
Transition Share House Program
The program started in July 2016 in the original building and can accommodate four men in single rooms who can be supported for up to three months. It seeks to create a sustainable future for men who have graduated from Samaritan House, so they can progress into long term accommodation having learnt how to sustain a rental property.
Guests experience independent living in a share house environment where they are supported to find homes of their own and develop life skills to live independently as part of the community.