The NSW Government has expanded a successful inner-city homelessness outreach program to the Parramatta CBD – bringing frontline housing and support services to rough sleepers in the area.
Similar outreach sessions have successfully housed more than 220 rough sleepers since March 2017.
Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward and Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee attended an outreach session at Prince Alfred Square today.
“We are more proactive, more assertive and we are working more intensely than ever before,” Ms Goward said.
“We have to be proactive in the way we engage and build trust and relationships with people sleeping rough – these outreach sessions make a real difference.”
“As well as providing stable housing, we are also providing people experiencing homelessness with wraparound support to ensure they have the help they need to stay off the streets.”
Dr Lee said he was pleased to see vulnerable rough sleepers in Parramatta receive the help and support they need.
“Homelessness is not an issue that is confined to Sydney’s inner-city,” Dr Lee said.
“I am delighted to see FACS staff out here in Parramatta supporting vulnerable rough sleepers into stable housing.”
The NSW Government is investing $1.1 billion to support people experiencing homelessness and improve services for social housing tenants to help break the cycle of disadvantage.