Step Ahead Program​

Step Ahead is a supported accommodation program for single young people aged 16-25 years who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness within Casey and Cardinia.

This disruptive new model is breaking the cycle of youth homelessness in Australia – click here for details on the ideas behind this.

What we do

Step Ahead can:

  • Provide you with supported accommodation, shared with one other person
  • Support you to develop skills and knowledge required to live independently
  • Work with your to achieving your goals

As a Step Ahead participant you are asked to:

  • Participate in regular Living and Life Skills workshops
  • Be enrolled in and undertaking an education, employment or training activity
  • Attend support visits with your worker at least twice per week
  • Sign a lease and abide by the rights and responsibilities of the Residential Tenancies Act. This allows for the development of a rental history and to gain the knowledge to live independently in the future.

Who can access Step Ahead?

Single young people16-25 years of age with links to Casey and Cardinia who are:

  • Experiencing, or at risk of homelessness
  • Willing to engage in intensive case management
  • Studying, working or training

How can you access Step Ahead?

A young person can contact Wayss or they can be referred by their worker.

To find out more contact the Youth team at Dandenong or Berwick.

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.