$1 bil­lion home­less boost

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

ROUGH sleep­ers, young peo­ple and vic­tims of domestic vi­o­lence at risk of be­com­ing home­less are set to re­ceive tai­lored sup­port to find sta­bil­ity and im­prove their lives un­der the State Gov­ern­ment’s Home­less­ness Strat­egy.

The 2018 NSW bud­get will com­mit $1 bil­lion to­wards home­less­ness ser­vices over the next four years to sup­port new and ex­ist­ing ini­tia­tives.

The new fund­ing over four years in­cludes $20 mil­lion for home­less­ness so­cial im­pact in­vest­ment, $10.6 mil­lion for sus­tain­ing ten­an­cies sup­port by ad­dress­ing com­plex needs such as men­tal health and drug and al­co­hol is­sues and $9.1 mil­lion for ad­di­tional tran­si­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion.

NSW Pre­mier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian said the strat­egy would help give peo­ple choices, re­store their dig­nity and en­sure they “live hap­pier and more se­cure.”

“Our Home­less­ness Strat­egy will en­sure we are sup­port­ing peo­ple early to pre­vent home­less­ness, reach­ing out to rough sleep­ers proac­tively to get them housed and ad­dress­ing com­plex is­sues such as men­tal health and drug and al­co­hol abuse,” she said.

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