Sydney Women's Homeless Alliance

The Homeless service system in the inner city of Sydney is a complex and at times segmented system.

For Homeless women the system becomes less resourced, however the numbers reflected in relation to gender and homelessness, do not support this inequity of distribution of resources.

The NSW Homelessness Action Plan (HAP) has identified a number of priorities in relation to improving and building the overall capacity of the service system to deliver integrated responses for people who become homeless.

The Sydney Women’s Homeless Alliance (referenced as the Alliance for this documents purpose) has been established to assist cross agency sector collaboration and improve a woman’s journey through such a complex system. Through the Senior Officers Group convened by Department of Human Services – Community Services, the women’s services nominated to pilot a collaborative approach to assessing and mapping the system, and addressing problematic structural issues within the delivery of services, to create a better opportunity for positive outcomes for homeless women of Sydney.

Aim

The purpose of The Alliance is:

  1. Map existing service system, and provide a gap analysis of current women’s homeless service system in the inner city;
  2. Analyse data to assess women’s progression through the service system – including pathways into services, exit points, referral points, recent trends, client demographics, turn- aways;
  3. Address systematic issues for clients navigating the service system;
  4. Coordinating services to operate with a streamlined approach to service delivery; and
  5. Improve the utilisation of resources invested into the women service system.

Membership

Membership of the Alliance is open to agencies and organisations who are involved in service delivery to homeless women.   All new members to be discussed by the Alliance based on relevance to our systems.