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Horsham is the 12th location in Victoria to have a unique Haven residence that will provide stable and supported housing for up to 14 people.

Haven Horsham is due to open soon. Its upcoming Service Manager Josh Koenig says the residence will give people from the Horsham Wimmera region who are experiencing mental health challenges a vital opportunity to live independently with the right support.

Mr Koenig is a Horsham local with 15 years’ experience in community services, most recently as Executive Officer at Uniting Western Community Services.

“I'm excited to be a part of the new Haven Horsham here in the Wimmera,” he said. 

“Having worked in community services for a number of years and being a Horsham person, I understand how critical this type of program is.”

Haven Horsham features 14 one-bedroom homes set in beautifully landscaped grounds, providing a relaxing environment to focus on recovery while feeling at home. It is an integrated social housing and support service delivered in partnership between Mind and community housing provider The Haven Foundation – a subsidiary of Mind.

Each unit features a main bedroom with built-in wardrobe, bathroom, kitchen and eating area, European laundry, lounge room and outdoor courtyard or balcony.  

Haven Horsham also features communal recreational and lounge areas, kitchen, meeting spaces and on-site overnight facilities for Mind’s mental health staff. The residence is also close to public transport, local shops and other amenities.

Haven residents typically have a wide range of previous experiences and pathways, including: 

  • NDIS participant with a diagnosed psychosocial disability or significant mental health issues 
  • experiencing or at risk of homelessness, sub-acute or acute mental health residential care 
  • unsustainable living situations, e.g. domestic violence  
  • family home with ageing parents or supported residential service or caravan park.  

Mind’s qualified and experienced staff assist Haven residents with activities of daily living and support them to achieve their recovery goals, which is funded by their NDIS packages. Mind staff also connect residents with relevant support services within the community as appropriate to each person’s unique needs.

“Mind is a new support provider in the Wimmera region and we have been welcomed in the community as a critical new service for the region,” Phillip Dunn, Mind’s General Manager for Victoria’s Western Region, said.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with the existing support agencies to provide our Haven residents with the full wrap around support they need to live independently and well in the community.”

Haven Horsham is being delivered in partnership with Homes Victoria as part of the Victorian Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build.

If you would like more information about Mind services near you, contact us by submitting a form via Mind Connect or phone: 1300 286 463.

If this article raises concerns for you, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders can also call 13 YARN (13 92 76) a 24/7 national crisis support telephone service staffed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 
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