Thomas George MP, Member for Lismore, said today that Northern NSW will receive funding of $8.1 million this year for specialist homelessness services that will help people who have become homeless and prevent others in the local community from becoming homeless.

“This week, Homelessness Prevention Week, reminds us to think about what we can do as a community to help people without a home and help prevent further homelessness in the community,” Mr George.

“I encourage everyone in our community to get behind Homelessness Prevention Week, which aims to raise community awareness and understanding of homelessness, and help prevent people from experiencing homelessness.

“The NSW Government has acknowledged the challenge faced by people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness and statewide funding for homelessness services in 2015-16 will assist around 54,000 people.”

Mr George said Northern NSW is sharing in the NSW Government’s record investment of $182 million in 2015-16 to deliver specialist homelessness services throughout the state.

“The NSW Government is supporting a number of local initiatives that reach into the heart of the community to help homeless people and those at risk of

homelessness,” Mr George said. “But whether it is helping with food, clothing or shelter – there is much more work to be done.

“Local initiatives to be funded include:

“A safe home is fundamental to our well-being, but tens of thousands of people in NSW will be without that safety tonight.

“The NSW Government’s reforms of specialist homelessness services are designed to make it easier for people to access services when they need them,” Mr George said.

To find out more about Homelessness Prevention Week visit:http://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/index.php/events/hpw/hpw-2015

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.