Housing support available for rough sleepers

July 15, 2020, 10:43:33 AM

Housing support available for rough sleepers

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NSW G: The new Together Home project will provide housing and essential support services to people experiencing homelessness in NSW.

The $36 million Together Home project will help get hundreds of people off the streets by securing them homes from the private rental market.

It will also provide access to the services people need to maintain their tenancy, improve their health and wellbeing, and move towards training and employment.

The project builds on the NSW Government’s response to COVID-19, which included increasing the supply and flexibility of temporary accommodation and the expansion of assertive outreach across the state.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said throughout the COVID-19 response the NSW Government has worked hard to keep rough sleepers safe.

Together Home will be a partnership between the NSW Government, Community Housing Providers, Specialist Homelessness Services and health services.

Homelessness NSW CEO Katherine McKernan said a housing-first model is critical to providing stability for rough sleepers, and things like case management, drug and alcohol services and mental health support are so important.

“The sector has worked hard in recent months to get to this point and this additional funding will provide the critical next step to help secure housing and the supports people need to sustain tenancies,” Ms McKernan said.

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