Homelessness partnerships and agreements
The Protocol for Homeless People in Public Places
The Protocol for Homeless People in Public Places provides a framework for interactions between officials of participating NSW Government organisations and homeless people in public places.
The aim of the protocol is to ensure homeless people are treated respectfully and appropriately and are not discriminated against on the basis of their homeless status.
Framework for Multi-Agency Client Transition Planning to Reduce Homelessness
The transition from care or custody to independent living is often a difficult and vulnerable time for many people. This includes young people leaving statutory care, people being released from correctional facilities and patients transitioning from health facilities.
The Framework for Multi-Agency Client Transition Planning to Reduce Homelessness outlines agreed service principles for effective and coordinated planning across agencies to support people to transition into stable accommodation and independent living.
It will inform the transition planning policies and procedures of participating agencies to strengthen current practice and reduce homelessness.
Housing and Mental Health Agreement
Family and Community Services (FACS) is committed to helping people in NSW with mental health issues who need assistance with housing.
People with mental health problems are among the most vulnerable members of our community. Their needs can be highly complex. Supporting them often requires collaboration between government and non-government agencies so that people can access the full range of services available to them.
The Housing and Mental Health Agreement provides a framework that covers planning, coordinating and delivering effective services to people with mental health issues who are living in social housing or who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Homelessness due to domestic and family violence
In recognition of the devastating impact domestic and family violence has on our community, domestic and family violence services are a major focus for FACS. We are committed to reducing the effects of domestic and family violence by improving access to timely and appropriate support and crisis accommodation, and safe and affordable housing. The safety of women and children is most important to the work we do.
Improving access to safe housing
Domestic and family violence can lead to homelessness. FACS is committed to reducing the risk of homelessness among people experiencing domestic and family violence by improving access to safe and affordable housing, and providing appropriate and timely housing assistance.
There are now more services across NSW catering for the specific needs of women who are victims of domestic and family violence. More than 12,070 women each year will be assisted by specialist homelessness services. Support to families, the majority of whom are women with children, has increased, with more than 18,050 family members receiving a service.
Increasing funding to combat domestic and family violence
More funding is being injected into the service system to make it stronger and increase the capacity of services catering for the special needs of women who are victims of domestic and family violence.
As part of the NSW Government’s $60 million initiative to combat domestic violence, we are investing $20 million over 2 years to boost the capacity of homelessness services providing responses, including women’s refuges, to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.
This investment will help respond to increased demand and better assist women experiencing domestic and family violence by delivering expert 24/7 around the clock support and funding additional accommodation options.
Who to contact
Women escaping domestic violence can call:
Operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, where they will be assessed and referred to the most appropriate service. If a refuge bed is not available, they can be provided with temporary accommodation while other solutions are sought.
Women can also call:
NSW Domestic Violence Line
1800 656 463 for counselling, information and referral to other services.
Providing refuge and accommodation for women is only one response, which is why specialist homelessness services offer a greater range of prevention, early intervention and support responses.
Initiatives to keep people safe
Many FACS initiatives support women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.
Start Safely is a subsidy that provides short-to-medium term financial support to people who are experiencing domestic and family violence. The Start Safely subsidy helps people secure private rental accommodation so they don’t have to return to the violent situation.
Staying Home, Leaving Violence (SHLV)
SHLV is a FACS initiative that enables women and children experiencing domestic and family violence to remain in their home, if they choose and where it is safe to do so.
The range of support includes outreach support, risk assessments, safety planning, security modifications and equipment, court support, casework and advocacy.