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.
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.
FACS is providing funding of approximately $2m to the Industry Partnership (IP) to December 2015 for the implementation of the Sector Development Project (SDP). The SDP aims to assist funded homelessness organisations to consolidate the GHSH reform and to implement key priorities under the SHS Industry Development Strategy to build the sector’s capacity over the longer-term. The SDP Program of Work consists of a series of projects aligned to the eight SHS Standards of the NQF.
The SDP begins with raising sector awareness of the QAS, and training in quality self-assessment during April and May 2015. Organisations will then be encouraged to undertake a facilitated self assessment against the eight QAS standards, leading to the development of a Quality Plan of areas for improvement. The SDP will customise assistance to each organisation from July to December 2015 to action the improvements needed. Once the sector is familiar with the practice of self assessment, the SDP will initiate a peer assessment system in 2016. In this way, the sector will be compliant with the QAS SHS Standards by June 2017.
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Wednesday 8 April 2015
12.30pm – 2pm
Herbert Smith Freehills
Level 34, 161 Castlereagh Street Sydney
The NSW Social Impact Investment Policy was launched by the NSW Government on 4 February 2015. As part of this Strategy, the NSW Government will be seeking proposals that use a social impact investment mechanism to deliver outcomes that prevent or reduces homelessness amongst young people. Proposals will be sought during April 2015.Read more: Understanding Social Impact Investment Mechanisms