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We believe everyone deserves a home and a clear, supportive path to help them get there.

A path to home.

At SHAC, we are committed to providing financially vulnerable and homeless families a place to call home. We do this by providing a pathway of wraparound finance, social products and services, and a supportive journey to safe and affordable housing.

 
 

Our Purpose

HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT BUT SO TOO IS HUMAN DIGNITY.

At SHAC, we support financially vulnerable and homeless families and individuals on their path to a safe and secure home. We provide holistic, wraparound services to our clients as they move along the housing pathway: from financially excluded to financially included; from emotionally stressed to safe and secure; and from homeless to home owner. We:

 
  • Walk side by side with clients

  • Reduce barriers

  • Increase agency

  • Provide genuined care

  • Compassionately respond

  • Light the path to home

 
 

Every person has the right to an adequate standard of living, which includes the right to adequate housing.

Article 11, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

 

 

We aim to make a seismic social impact by providing the best wraparound services inclusive of a “path to home” in the Cairns, Cape York and Torres Strait region.

To achieve this, we will partner with influential others. Research, design and deliver meaningful programs that are award winning and worthy of national recognition. Reset our operations and work with others toward home ownership initiatves that, along with our programs, create a seismic social impact in the region.

 

WE create a path of opportunity

  • Create clear integrated paths

  • Aim for alternative home ownership

WE DELIVEr INNOVATIVE SERVICE

  • Adopt client enabling technology

  • Spearhead innovative service delivery models

  • Design and deliver award worthy wraparound services
     

WE TELL POWERFUL STORIES

  • Build brand value

  • Increase identity as a homelessness service

  • Build a national reputation

  • Seek input from clients

WE PARTNER FOR GROWTH & INNOVATION

  • Connect and network with influential others

  • Partner for growth

  • Joint ventures

  • Sustainable funding

  • Expand our reach

WE STRENGTHEN OUR INTERNAL CAPABILITY

  • Reset operations

  • Digitisation

  • Quality policies and procedures

  • Workforce capability lift

  • Board advancement

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Our Future Initiatives

 
 

The SHAC

We will design a 24-hour drop in one stop information centre (online portal) for the homeless in the Cairns, Cape York and Torres Strait region.


Innovative Financing

Attract independent funding for the freedom to design and innovate human centred homelessness solutions. E.g. Social impact investment (SII) to increase the supply of fit-for-purpose, affordable housing.

The Veranda

Create a regional movement of business leaders who work with us to co-create service and delivery solutions that revolutionise social housing outcomes.


World Class Social Housing

Partner with our clients, like-minded institutions, architects, designers and developers to create, design and build housing that is safe, affordable, builds community, is tropical in design and an asset to the surrounding community.

MembershiP to Partnership

Establish an alliance of partners who are interested in humanising homelessness and willing to donate time, contribute resources or give funds.


Humans of Homelessness

Create a campaign of stories, featuring interviews using film and photographs of homeless people in Cairns, The Cape and Torres Strait, designed to increase empathy and understanding.

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We are committed to alleviating poverty, enhancing the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, and through our work generating significant social value through welfare and housing savings.

– Dr Sharon Harwood, SHAC Board of Management

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Get Involved

Do you believe in who we are and what we do? Help us continue our work and help others create ‘A Path to Home’. Become a SHAC Partner and commit to alleviating poverty and having a positive social impact on the world.

 
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BECOME A SHAC PARTNER

Join our growing movement of individuals, organisations and communities working together to end homelessness in the Cairns, Cape York and Torres Strait region.

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MAKE A DONATION

Your donation helps our team work at full capacity to directly support communities across Cairns, Cape York and the Torres Strait region to end homelessness.

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GET IN TOUCH

To find out more about SHAC, the work we do, how you can help us, or for any other enquiries, please get in touch with us. Let’s work together for positive social impact.