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Karinya provides short term crisis accommodation for up to 6 weeks to young women aged 13 to 20 years. There is a worker on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year. Karinya supports clients to find longer term stable accommodation by referring them to other services. We work with transitional support services in the region to deliver a cooperative case management approach for individual clients.
Many of Karinya’s clients have difficulty accessing and/or maintaining affordable accommodation. We also provide referrals to service providers of education, relationship counselling and family mediation, and support services for mental health, sexual assault, pregnancy, legal, violence, and drug and alcohol related issues.
How to refer a client to Karinya:
We may require your clients to contact Housing Connect, who will explore their options with them and assess whether Karinya is the most appropriate service to meet their needs. During business hours the contact number for Housing Connect is 6333 3038, and after hours and on weekends it is 1800 800 588. If Karinya is an appropriate option they will contact us to make a formal referral. If your client is not assessed as being appropriate for Karinya we can discuss alternatives with you.
Please be aware if your client is under the age of 18 and not on an independent income, Karinya is mandated to complete a child safety notification.