Accommodation for asylum seekers

Accommodation for asylum seekers

Baptcare Sanctuary program

Baptcare Sanctuary provides supported transitional accommodation in Melbourne for people seeking asylum who have experienced homelessness while awaiting the outcome of their application for a Protection visa or Humanitarian claim.

Residents at Baptcare Sanctuary have been forced to flee their homeland under the threat of persecution because of their race, religion, political beliefs, membership of a particular social group or ethnicity. Many are survivors of torture; all are survivors of trauma and emotional distress.

Santuary's transitional accommodation and related support services are provided to help empower homeless people seeking asylum to live an independent life in the Australian community.

Referrals for housing are made by our referral partners: the ASRC, the Red Cross, AMES and Life Without Barriers.

Safety, opportunity and a fair go for people seeking asylum

Baptcare has two Sanctuary facilities in Melbourne, with 28 people housed at Sanctuary Brunswick and 49 people housed at Sanctuary Preston.

Additional housing is provided in the community through the Baptcare Sanctuary Houses of Hope Project. If you are interested in partnering with Baptcare to help provide more housing to those in need, please contact us.

The Sanctuary casework service offers support for people seeking asylum and prepares them for their future through the use of strength-based, person-focused, systemic and culturally appropriate approaches to improving their wellbeing, independence and social participation.

A key focus of the service is to increase residents’ capacity to secure and maintain independent housing in the community.

Many of the people supported by Sanctuary receive no income and are not allowed to work. Myki top-ups and supermarket vouchers are provided by Sanctuary as an essential requirement to live and travel.

Sanctuary also runs a Foodbank that, in partnership with Second Bite, Oz Harvest and the Vic Foodbank, provides food for over 50,000 meals per year.

On site volunteer led English classes provide opportunities for people seeking asylum to improve their English competency, ability to engage in the Australian community and their likelihood of gaining employment.

On site volunteer led English classes provide opportunities for people seeking asylum to improve their English competency, ability to engage in the Australian community and their likelihood of gaining employment.

Baptcare provides spiritual care by inviting people seeking asylum to nurture their spiritual wellbeing through conversation, ritual, social engagement and physical and creative activities.

Baptcare social policy paper

Drawing on our experience in providing support to asylum seekers through the Baptcare Sanctuary program our social policy paper calls on the Australian government, churches and the community to work towards a more welcoming, compassionate and just solution to the needs of those seeking asylum among us.

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