The NSW Government is serious about tackling homelessness. Responsibility does not lie with any one person or service; government, the private and community sectors need to intervene early and intervene together to look after people before they become homeless.
Despite increased demand specialist homelessness services are already making a difference integrating crisis-driven responses and early intervention to prevent homelessness. We need to build on these reforms and harness the expertise of our NGO partners to ensure that fewer people experience homelessness.
The NSW Government has released a discussion paper, Foundations for Change – Homelessness in NSW. We want to hear your views on how we can better work together to reduce homelessness and intervene early to prevent it from happening.
The strategy aims to streamline action across all levels of government, non-government sectors and the community to ensure:
The consultation process will run until early November 2016.
We are reviewing all feedback in preparation for publishing the final strategy in the coming months.
Update 31 October:
Submissions are now closed. The Homelessness Strategy team can still be contacted via email: Homelessness.Strategy@facs.nsw.gov.au.
Public face-to-face consultations were held between September – November 2016. Dates for past events can be viewed here.
In addition to the consultation process, the NSW Government is interested in hearing more broadly from people that have lived experience with homelessness in NSW.
If you have such experience, we encourage you to take the Experience of homelessness in NSW survey.
The survey asks questions on issues such as living situation, experience with finding accommodation and use of support services.
Everything you share will be confidential. How much you share is up to you.
When you give us your feedback, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) will be collecting and storing some personal information about you, in particular: