NEW LOCAL INITIATIVES TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS

The NSW Government is inviting non-government organisations to develop innovative supported temporary accommodation models with the goal of reducing homelessness.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced the third and final stage of an Expression of Interest, which will open in early May.

Under the EOI, up to $10 million will be re-directed from low cost motels and made available to non-government organisations to provide supported temporary accommodation.

Ms Goward made the announcement at homelessness service Fred’s Place, accompanied by the Member for Tweed Geoff Provest.

“People experiencing homelessness often have a range of issues such as mental illness and domestic violence which means they require support as well as accommodation and that is what this initiative helps to deliver,” Ms Goward said.

“That is why we are asking non-government organisations to provide temporary accommodation services which will link these people to the assistance they need to break the cycle of homelessness.”

The third stage of the rollout covers Northern NSW, the Mid North Coast, Western Sydney and Nepean-Blue Mountains, Murrumbidgee and Western NSW.

Under the supported temporary accommodation model, people experiencing homelessness are assisted with accommodation and services which address the underlying reasons which led to them becoming homeless with the goal of transitioning to stable housing.

“We welcome this innovative model of addressing homelessness in our local community,” Mr Provest said.

“Everyone deserves a safe home and this model will assist people to find stable accommodation and reduce homelessness in the Tweed area.”