Helping the Homeless this Week
Within Australia around 116,000 people are homeless on any given night. Homelessness Week runs from August 6-12 to raise awareness of the harsh reality many face each night.
August in Australia is generally the coldest month, so people with no choice but to sleep on the streets really bear the brunt of the winter season.
Around 42 per cent of those without a home are aged under 25, and around 18,000 are children under the age of 12 years.
The Department of Human Services is playing an active role to help people who are or at risk of homelessness with local support services and Centrelink payments.
To find out more about the current situation and what there is for people who are facing the realities of life without a home, Sarah spoke to Community Engagement Officer at the Department of Human Services, Deb Parsons, on the Regional Roundup.
For more information on government payment and support services visit humanservices.gov.au
In support of National Homelessness Week, a new South Australian government website is making it easier for those sleeping rough in the city of Adelaide to get the support they need.
Launched this week, Street Connect enables the community to log on and pinpoint the location they have spotted an individual sleeping rough, to allow Street to Home, an inner city homeless service, to proactively offer their support.
During a trial phase between November 2017 and July 2018, the website assisted more than 20 people who were not previously known to Street to Home.
For more about the website head to streetconnect.sa.gov.au
The New South Wales Government this week committed $1 billion for homelessness services over the next 4 years to support new and existing initiatives.
This includes $61 million in new funding to implement the NSW Homelessness Strategy, which features more early intervention and extra tailored support to help people maintain their tenancies.
For more information about the Homelessness Strategy head the NSW Family and Community Services website.
If you need to reach out, Lifeline are there for you on 13 11 14.