New services to reduce homelessness

22 Dec 2017

Three non-government organisations have been awarded contracts to deliver supported temporary accommodation in place of low-cost motels and caravan parks in South Western Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven and Southern NSW.

Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing Pru Goward said that the organisations - Dignity, Providential Homes and Settlement Services International - will deliver up to 28,000 nights of supported accommodation annually, with up to 77 placements available on any given night.

“We recognised that many people who are sleeping rough have complex needs and need more than a roof over their head and that is why we invited the NGO sector to provide accommodation in place of motels,” Ms Goward said.

The supported temporary accommodation EOI announced in July 2017 allocated up to $10 million to be re-directed from low cost motels to non-government organisations to support people experiencing homelessness.

“This EOI has allowed us to test new models and helps ensure we are continually improving the way we respond to people in crisis,” Ms Goward said.

Following the successful first round, the NSW Government has recently opened the second round of the EOI, which covers Sydney, South Eastern Sydney, Northern Sydney, Hunter New England and the Central Coast FACS Districts.

NGOs will have until 23 February to submit proposals for consideration as part of the second round.

In 2016-17, the NSW Government provided more than 24,800 clients with access to temporary accommodation. This critical service reduces homelessness by providing access to a safe place for people who may be temporarily without housing, including outside of business hours when other services may not be available.

These services provide accommodation for people who are immediately homeless and referred by local FACS offices or by FACS 24/7 assistance line Link2Home.

A third and final round of the supported temporary accommodation EOI will open in 2018.