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.
Use the directory to find services across NSW that can help you locate rental properties, help you maintain tenancies and provide financial assistance and support for living costs that affect your ability to meet rent.
Domestic and family violence, like all of homelessness, requires a whole of government response rather than a focus on the Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS)/crisis system. The SHS service element needs to be integrated into a response that incorporates policing and emergency services, the legal system, income assistance, mental health and other health services and an approach that includes removing the perpetrator and allowing women and their children to remain in their homes and communities whilst also providing an effective intervention approach for perpetrators. There is an opportunity for the NSW Government to show leadership in this area.
Organised in partnership with Homelessness NSW to coincide with the National Homeless Persons Week, this forum will examine the current issues and trends in service planning and delivery for older women. The forum will bring together practitioners from across the housing and homelessness sectors to hear up to date research about the drivers and impact of older women's homelessness and examine effective service delivery responses that could input into the development of the Affordable Housing Fund and broader Housing Policy.
The new 24/7 State-wide telephone line for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to seek accommodation and support has been opened by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.