Housing: the foundation for mental health | Wednesday 19 February 2020

Alan Broad

Area Manager, Fortitude Valley Housing Service Centre, Department of Housing and Public Works QLD

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Alan Broad as worked for many, many years with the department. He has been Area Manager at the inner city, Fortitude Valley HSC for around 7 years delivering social housing and other housing support to vulnerable Queenslanders.  Between 2016 – 18 the team had the opportunity to work in close partnership with QLD Health clinicians and the support organisation, Footprints, to provide personalised mental health and psycho - social support to sustain the tenancies of people with mental health concerns and whose tenancies might otherwise be at risk.  By considering the whole person, the Mental Health Demonstration (tenancy support) project was able to not only sustain tenancies but also improve the lives for many tenants with mental health concerns.

Subsequent to the project, Alan and his team have sought to build on the project successes and to work in partnership with health, homelessness and other agencies to support clients with mental health and other complex needs obtain and sustain suitable housing outcomes.