Homelessness NSW is a peak not for profit organisation that works with its members to prevent and reduce homelessness across NSW. Our members include small, locally based community organisations, multiservice agencies with a regional reach and large State-wide service providers.
Key services that we provide include policy development and advocacy in working to end homelessness, public education about the changing faces of homeless people and those at risk, information about the diverse mix of initiatives operating in NSW and elsewhere and advice and support for member organisations and others about organisational change and improvement.
Are you homeless or at risk of homelessness and in NSW? Call the statewide telephone line managed by the Department of Family and Community Services
CALL Link2Home - 1800 152 152
Tel: 02 8354 7600 *New number
Homelessness NSW has recently made a submission to the IPART’s review of rent models for social and affordable housing. The review is considering changes to the current rent structures and eligibility criteria for social housing to remove disincentives for tenants to obtain employment and transition out of social housing.
Homelessness NSW’s submission in our submission outlines our concerns about the NSW Government implementing measures which may result in increased rents for social and affordable housing tenants. Homelessness NSW also believes the focus on transitioning people out of social housing is based on an incorrect understanding of the current tenancy cohort and does not address the issues of chronic undersupply of social and affordable housing that is the real driver of the current housing crisis.
Data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has confirmed the unprecedented demand faced by Specialist Homelessness Services (SHSs) with SHSs seeing almost 70,000 clients in 2015/16. The AIHW has today released the Specialist homelessness services 2015/2016 report which describes the characteristics of clients of specialist homelessness services, the services requested, outcomes achieved, and unmet requests for services during 2015–16.
Homelessness NSW believes the AIHW data highlights the impact of the housing affordability crisis in New South Wales on the most vulnerable. Homelessness will continue to rise in New South Wales and nationally unless governments urgently invest in the social housing system and appropriately resource Specialist Homelessness Services to meet the current demand.
Homelessness peaks in NSW have welcomed today's announcement by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of a one-year extension of the National Partnership on Homelessnes (NPAH).
While pleased with the extension of NPAH, Homeless peaks in NSW, Homelessness NSW, Domestic Violence NSW, Yfoundations believe long termfunding certainty is required to enable services to effectively prevent and respond to homelessness.