Homelessness Week 2018: Working Together To Break The Cycle Of Disadvantage

Reducing homelessness is a priority for the NSW Government which has committed $1 billion for homelessness services over the next four years to support new and existing initiatives.

This includes $61 million in new funding over the next four years to implement the NSW Homelessness Strategy, which features more early intervention and extra tailored support to help people to maintain their tenancies.

“We are acting early to prevent homelessness, working hard to assist rough sleepers into accommodation and providing the necessary support to address the underlying causes of homelessness,” Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said.

“Secure and stable accommodation is a key element to breaking the cycle of disadvantage and helping people reach their full potential.”

The Department of Family and Community Services and non-government providers are working together on events aimed at preventing homelessness being held around NSW during Homelessness Week.

“Homelessness is a very complex social issue which can affect a range of people including victims of domestic and family violence, young people or those experiencing mental health problems,” Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said.

“Providing a person with secure housing and tailored support which meets their needs helps to restore dignity and sets them on a positive path.

“I welcome the record $1 billion investment to homelessness services across NSW over four years.”

The focus areas of the NSW Homelessness Strategy are early intervention to prevent homelessness; increased access to support and a better integrated service system tailored to a person’s needs.