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Preventing and responding to homelessness

Last published on 03 Aug 2020 in Media releases

More than 2,750 families and individuals who were homeless or at risk of homelessness are now living in safe and stable housing, thanks to the NSW Government’s work to prevent and respond to homelessness during the pandemic.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said more than $70 million had gone towards new and expanded programs since March, to help support some of the most vulnerable people in the community.

“Whether it’s people who are sleeping on our streets, people couch surfing or victims of domestic violence – our Government is working tirelessly to bolster support and protect those most in need,” Mr Ward said.

“Today marks the start of Homelessness Week, and it is an opportunity to share the incredible stories of people who have overcome adversity and broken the cycle of homelessness.”

More than 1,900 individuals and families who were homeless or at risk of homelessness have moved into social housing since April, including more than 230 rough sleepers who had spent time in temporary accommodation, such as hotels.

Another 850 individuals and families have received assistance to rent homes in the private market, including through programs like Start Safely for people escaping domestic violence, and Rent Choice Youth.

The recently announced Together Home project will significantly expand work to secure housing for rough sleepers, with some positive results achieved already.

“Together Home is providing people with a place to call home and the support they need to improve their health and wellbeing, and rebuild their life,” Mr Ward said.

“This initiative will deliver life-changing outcomes for hundreds of people, and we are committed to working closely with our housing and homelessness providers to help people reach their full potential.”

The work undertaken during the pandemic aligns with the NSW Premier’s Priority to halve street sleeping across the state by 2025.

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