The Aspire Program works with people experiencing chronic homelessness through long-term case management and assistance to secure sustainable housing, employment and other goals.
The program is funded by a Social Impact Bond (SIB), the first in South Australia, and the third in Australia at the time of launch in 2017.
The program is a collaboration between Hutt St Centre, South Australian Government, Social Ventures Australia and Housing Choices South Adelaide.
For enquiries on the Aspire program please email the team
What is a Social Impact Bond?
Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are an innovative funding alternative for social intervention programs. SIBs are investments made into companies, organisations and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.
Under these arrangements governments agree to share the financial benefits delivered through innovative social programs. SIBs offer governments a risk-free way of pursuing creative social programs that may take years to yield results.
The basic structure of a SIB is:
- Government contracts a bond manager and service provider
- The bond manager raises a bond through private investments
- The bond funds the service provider to deliver a program to a specific participant cohort
- Agreed upon program outcomes are assessed by an independent evaluator to determine cost savings to government
- If the program achieves its stated objectives, the government repays investors with returns based on the savings the government accrues as a result of the program’s success.
You can find out more about Social Impact Bonds here
Aspire Social Impact Bond (SIB)
The Aspire SIB is a $9 million bond which has a life of 7 years. The bond funds the Aspire Program which is operated by the Hutt St Centre. The Aspire Program provides long term case management combined with a housing first approach and long term (3 years) support for 600 people experiencing homelessness in Adelaide.
You can find more detailed information about the Aspire SIB structure and investor reports here
You can view 2018 results in the Annual Investor Report 2018 here.
The Aspire Approach
The Aspire Program applies the over 60 years of experience Hutt St Centre has in assisting people in Adelaide and continues our history of introducing innovative ideas and approaches. The Aspire Program has been devised with a person centred approach to ensure the participants are put at the centre of the project. This approach seeks to leverage on the relationship and partnership between the participant and the service, to include the participant as a primary designer of their own service. Hutt St Centre has re-imagined and updated the well understood concept of Case Management resulting in new guidelines and language.
Housing First Principle
The model applies the Housing First principle. Housing First is an approach to ending homelessness that centres on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and then providing additional supports and services as needed. The basic underlying principle of Housing First is that people are better able to move forward with their lives if they are first housed. Housing is provided first and then supports are provided including physical and mental health, education, employment, substance abuse and community connections.
While Aspire work hard to house people rapidly, the availability of housing stock can be limited and matching participants to the right housing option can take time.
The Aspire Program works in partnership with the South Australian Housing Authority and various Community Housing Providers to secure appropriate and sustainable housing options for participants.
More information about the Housing First Model can be found here
Information on referral and eligibility
Referral and Intake
Referral and intake for the Aspire Program occur in a staged way, with 13 new people accepted into the program every month for the first 4 years. Referrals can come from any Specialist Homelessness Service in Metropolitan Adelaide or Yatala and Northfield Prisons and the RAH (including Glenside) Hospital. The Aspire Program will provide regular advice to referring agencies as to how and when referrals will take place.
For enquiries on the Aspire program please email the team
To be eligible for the Aspire Program a person will have to fulfil Criteria 1 and at least one of either Criteria A, B or C.
Aged 18-55 years old at referral
Living in Metropolitan Adelaide at referral, and with the intention to remain in Adelaide
Has the legal right to work in Australia
Not currently on bail
Currently homeless (primary, secondary or tertiary.)
Homeless (primary, secondary or tertiary) for at least 3 months within the last the last 12 months.
Exiting Yatala or Northfield prisons and identified as at risk of homelessness.
Exiting the RAH (including Glenside) hospital and identified as at risk of homelessness.
Aspire is a Housing First program, with partnering housing organisations providing housing for new participants who require it. The housing will be in the Adelaide metropolitan area and Aspire will match new participants with appropriate housing options where possible.
Support for participants in the Aspire Program will be delivered in three distinct stages. Participants will move through each stage at different rates depending on complexity and it is expected that some participants will move back and forth between stages.
Stage 1 – Stabilisation
Intensive case management focusing on the life issues that contributed to a participant’s homelessness. A key function during this stage will be referring and linking participants to multiple external supports and providing on-going support coordination.
Stage 2 - Re-Engagement
This stage focuses on re-engaging participants into work and study. Participanjts may move to stage 2 at any stage, but it is anticipated that most people will move over after about 6-12 months in the Aspire program. Participants will engage with education programs focusing on literacy, numeracy, job readiness and life skills. A Volunteer Tutor will be assigned to each participant to provide one-on-one support and study skills. Participants will be allocated to an Employment Officer who will support them to seek and find employment.
Stage 3 – Monitoring
Once participants are stabilised, engaging in regular activities and requiring less intensive support they move to stage 3. Aspire case management reduces in intensity and volunteers take on a role to provide participants with contact support. Stage 3 continues for the remainder of the full 3 years support timeframe, unless a participant decides to exit early.
These stages are designed to be flexible and responsive to participant’s needs who may need different levels of support at different times. The program is designed to taper down support to encourage participants to be independent before they exit. Participants can chose to exit the program early but those in particular social housing may then be in breach of their agreements.