Drug Court Homelessness Assistance Program (DCHAP)

Wayss provides homelessness assistance and support to people who have been sentenced by the Drug Court of Victoria in Dandenong.

What we do

Drug Court Homelessness Assistance Program (DCHAP) provides homelessness assistance and support to people on a Drug Treatment Order (DTO) who have been sentenced by the Drug Court of Victoria in Dandenong and identified as experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

DCHAP team members will work with clients to obtain short, medium and long-term affordable accommodation that meets the requirements and obligations as part of their DTO.

DCHAP, in conjunction with the Drug Court Team, assists clients to address the underlying factors contributing to their homelessness, beyond their drug or alcohol dependency. Such issues may include unemployment, ill health and family breakdown.

The program operates using a combination of office-based and outreach services. Workers are able to meet with clients at numerous locations, depending on the need and accommodation circumstances.

Who can access DCHAP?

People on a Drug Treatment Order (DTO) who have been sentenced by the Drug Court of Victoria in Dandenong can access the program.

How can you access DCHAP?

Referrals to DCHAP can only be made by the Drug Court Team. Specifically, the Specialist Community Corrections Officers responsible for the case management of the referred client.

Wayss in the 1990s

Then in September 1997 the organisation became WAYSS Limited with a Board of Directors and day to day management by the Chief Executive Officer.

Wayss underwent further transformation with the restructure of community housing and the funding of the Transitional Housing Management (THM) program. The Regional Housing Council ceased operation and transferred direct service operations to Wayss in 1997.

During this decade Wayss became responsible for the then South East Women’s Domestic Violence Outreach Service. Funding was also received to establish a Children’s Services Worker within the outreach service. SAAP funded Women’s Outreach Program was also transferred to Wayss in 1999.