‘Man­ag­ing’ home­less­ness not enough to stop is­sue

South Western Times - - News - Michael Philipps

MORE needs to be done to end home­less­ness rather than just man­ag­ing the is­sue, ac­cord­ing to out­go­ing Ac­cordWest chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Neil Hamil­ton.

Mr Hamil­ton said he had met with a num­ber of key stake­hold­ers to look at a new model to end home­less­ness.

“You can’t keep do­ing what we are do­ing, it doesn’t end home­less­ness,” he said.

“Yes you can pro­vide some fan­tas­tic respite and yes it gets some peo­ple out of the cy­cle – that’s great.

“But as soon as we are get­ting one per­son out, we get an­other per­son brought in.”

Mr Hamil­ton said he was ex­cited about the pro­posal to bring in a new par­a­digm to end home­less­ness with his re­place­ment Ni­cole Gibb.

“I think the fu­ture looks bright with our new CEO,” he said.

“She is go­ing to bring a vast amount of ex­pe­ri­ence to Ac­cordWest and I think it will re­ally help the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“One thing she will be able to do is to ask ques­tions dif­fer­ently and pro­vide ser­vices dif­fer­ently.”

Mr Hamil­ton said the way Ac­cordWest op­er­ated had changed sig­nif­i­cantly since he en­tered the role.

“A decade ago if we wanted to do some­thing we would have to go to govern­ment and ask if they could fund this – ba­si­cally go out with our beg­ging bowl,” he said.

“Now we are in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion were we are able to come to the ta­ble with some so­lu­tions.

“I think that is also a re­flec­tion of our re­cent gov­ern­ments in terms of a will­ing­ness to work in part­ner­ship.”

Mr Hamil­ton an­nounced his re­tire­ment from the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer role on Mon­day.

Out­go­ing Ac­cordWest chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Neil Hamil­ton says he will con­tinue to work with ser­vice providers in the re­gion af­ter he of­fi­cially re­tires to­mor­row.

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