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Karinya Young Women’s Service is a specialist homelessness service provider funded by both the State and Federal Governments. 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. 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 will discuss alternatives with you.
If your clients are requiring emergency accommodation after hours, they will need to contact the following number.
After Hours free call 1800 800 588
This is an after-hours number for clients and service providers needing to access emergency accommodation. It is a 24 hour number on weekends and public holidays and operates from 5.00pm to 9.00am Monday to Friday.
Please be aware if they are under 16 a child protection notification will need to be completed by you as a service provider before a referral is accepted.