At-risk social housing tenants in Murray and Macquarie Fields will be the first in the state to receive intensive and tailored support as part of a new NSW Government program to help keep people in housing and prevent them sleeping rough.
Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced that Yes Unlimited, in partnership with Linking Communities Network, will deliver the Sustaining Tenancies in Social Housing program in Murray.
NEAMI National, in partnership with Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation, will deliver the program in Macquarie Fields.
“We know that people need the stability of secure, long-term housing so they can address other issues in their lives,” Ms Goward said.
“Through this program, support services will work with Housing teams and tenants to understand any risks to their tenancies, and then arrange supports for people to get the help they need to stay in their homes.”
Sustaining Tenancies will begin in the coming months and is funded for $10.6 million over four years. The program will see specialist staff working with tenants one-on-one to ensure the support they receive matches the particular tenancy issue they face.
Sustaining Tenancies in Social Housing is an initiative under the NSW Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023.
The NSW Government is investing $1 billion to support people experiencing homelessness by helping to break the cycle of disadvantage, giving people choices and restoring their dignity to ensure they live happier and more secure lives.
That includes $61 million in new funding over the next four years to implement the Homelessness Strategy, with more assertive outreach services for rough sleepers, strengthened risk assessment to address the underlying complexity behind each person’s homelessness and more support to maintain a tenancy.