Rough sleepers in NSW will now have greater access to transitional housing and support services to help them stay off the streets, after Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Social Housing Minister Pru Goward announced $20 million in funding today as part of the 2017-18 NSW Budget.
Up to 120 extra properties will be head leased for transitional accommodation, meaning more people sleeping rough will have a place to live. They will also be supported to maintain their housing and avoid becoming entrenched as long-term rough sleepers.
Mr Perrottet said the initiative was an important investment by the Government to aid some of the most vulnerable in the community.
“We take seriously our responsibility to help those in urgent need in the community and this initiative will provide much-needed support,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Our strong financial management means we are in a position to help those who really need it.”
Ms Goward said the funding means those doing it tough on the streets will have a place to sleep at night without worrying about experiencing abuse or further trauma.
“We are seeing an increase in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets, especially in Sydney and metropolitan areas,” Ms Goward said.
“This funding means we can provide an extra 120 places to those across NSW who are in desperate need of accommodation and support and place them on a path that will not involve worrying about their safety at night.
“In addition to housing, we will ensure there are wraparound support services that our clients need to keep their housing and avoid becoming homeless again.”
The $20 million funding will be spent over four years, facilitating the head leasing of 120 dwellings per year, with the intensive tenancy and support co-ordination to be delivered through Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) providers.