Mia's story

Mia, 37, was offered a head tenancy with Coming Home Program when she exited prison. With intensive support from her case worker around addressing her addictions by linking with the counselling and other supports identified through her case plan, Mia demonstrated that she was able to sustain her tenancy for a period of several months.  Mia was then supported to obtain and sustain her own independent accommodation with Housing ACT.

 Support for women       exiting prision

The Coming Home program's purpose is to provide services to women exiting the Corrections system that will reduce homelessness and recidivism.

In providing safe accommodation and follow up in relevant areas of a woman’s life, women are supported to fulfil their potential and reintegrate into the community. This leads to stronger families and stronger communities.The Coming Home Program provides:

  • Accommodation and outreach support
  • Assistance to rebuild relationships with families, children and community
  • Assistance to deal with health issues, start education, training or employment
  • Assistance to link with other services in the community
  • Assistance with drug and alcohol support and trauma counselling
  • Sexual assault and domestic violence counselling and support
  • Cultural sensitivity, advocacy and case management.


The Coming Home program manages Viv’s Place a transitional property, and four properties on a head lease agreement with ACT Housing. Women are housed in head lease properties until they achieve sustainable tenancy. At this time their lease is transitioned to their name and managed by ACT Housing. Outreach in the form of case management continues with the Coming Home program, where appropriate.

The Coming Home Program provides wrap-around support to women exiting the Alexander Maconochie Centre. A supportive relationship is established with women while they are incarcerated through outreach visits to the gaol. Upon a women’s release, the service provides intensive case management, outreach support, advocacy, and referral.




Who is eligible?

Coming Home program assists single women, women with children, women from culturally diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, who have been incarcerated.  Women with partners can also access the program.


Outreach services are free. Rent is charged for accommodation at approximately 25% of Centrelink payments.

Procedures for entry

Referrals can only be accepted from the Justice and Community Safety Directorate. Contact details for further enquiries

Contact details for further enquiries

Phone: [02] 6288 6904
Email: cominghome@toora.org.au

Call us on 02 6122 7000 or email TooraAdmin@toora.org.au