LOCAL SUPPORT FOR HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION WEEK
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:
- Everybody Needs a Home conference in August, which will bring together partners and key agencies with a focus on housing and homelessness in Lennox Head.
- The first Domestic and Family Violence Regional forum in August in Ballina, focusing on the establishment of a planning and engagement DFV framework to support a collective approach to DFV issues and strengthen the service system response to improve outcomes for women, families and children escaping DFV.
- Introduction of Outreach collaboration, which focuses on a multi-agency approach to services and support in order to improve outcomes.
“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