Breakthrough Houses aims to reset the path by providing families at risk with guidance, support, education and real assistance … and our number one priority is on keeping the family unit together.

Two levels of support for at-risk families

Breakthrough Houses offers two different programs for the families they assist: low needs residential and intensive residential.

Low-needs residential

Low-needs residential housing is for families who require less intensive support. This is a long term housing solution for families who are struggling and need support to find affordable, safe housing. A family is settled into a suitable property where they will then pay commercial rent. If, however, the family are unable to pay this rent without financial hardship, then subsidised rental arrangements will be put in place.

The services of Breakthrough Houses personnel are provided based on the family’s needs. The professional input is less intensive in the low-needs residential plan and is provided as required. These services are currently provided in the suburb of Northmead.

Intensive-needs residential

Intensive-needs residential housing is for families who require intensive support. The length of time that families will stay in this house is directly proportional to their circumstances and needs and is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Families in need of the intensive program stay at the Breakthrough Houses headquarters, located in the suburb of Riverstone. During their stay they remain in the care of resident managers.

Families housed at the intensive needs facility receive regular support and input from appropriate professionals.
A major function of the resident managers is to ensure that resident families attend all their appointments with doctors, social workers, dieticians, psychiatrists and so on. Residents’ daily activities are strictly scheduled as part of the overall concerted effort towards rehabilitation.

Breakthrough Houses is neither a drop-in centre nor a homeless shelter. Life-changing results are expected and these can only be achieved with the full cooperation of the resident family.

The areas addressed by the Breakthrough Houses program are as follows:

  • Health – Principles of healthy living, proactive health planning and healthy eating.
  • Parenting – Principles of parenting and child-rearing techniques.
  • Relationships – Principles of successful relationships, communication skills, conflict resolution and marriage dynamics.
  • Financial management – Budgeting, money management and financial planning.
  • Employment skills – Career guidance, resume preparation, and interview skills.

All of these skills are taught by suitably qualified professionals who conduct regular classes and provide individual support as required.

Life skills

Residents are required to do chores at Breakthrough Houses that will assist them in re-learning the skills they need to manage their own home once again. They will be involved in household cleaning and food preparation plus maintaining the vegetable gardening and looking after the hens in the backyard.


An accountability structure is in place so that all families living in Breakthrough Houses follow through on the recommendations and guidance provided. This is to ensure the best possible chance of success for the family’s future.

Families are made aware that Breakthrough Houses is available to help and encourage but ultimately, their own long term health and wellbeing is up to them.


Part of the education provided at Breakthrough Houses is responsible financial management. As such, all residents must contribute to their own ongoing living expenses. These small contributions go towards food, accommodation, teaching, counselling and support materials.

Centrelink payments can assist towards meeting residents’ financial obligations.


As Breakthrough Houses is, to date, not funded by government grants, the only source of funding for Breakthrough Houses is donations from the public.

Breakthrough Houses is a registered charity. Donations are invited and received with sincere thanks on behalf of the families who receive this vital support. If you’d like to donate, or support the organisation in other ways, please click here.