Bulletin 22 April



Important SHS sector updates from the Industry Partnership

SHS Network Webinar

Date: Wednesday 29 April
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Registration link:

The Industry Partnership is hosting a follow-up to the March webinar on COVID-19 and Homelessness Services. This webinar will update SHSs on responding to COVID-19 as well as other important areas of support for the sector. 

If you missed the first webinar, you can access the recording here

We will hear from:

  • The Hon Gareth Ward, MP - Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services
  • Health expert (TBC)
  • Anne Campbell - Executive Director Housing and Homelessness, Department of Communities and Justice 
  • Department of Communities and Justice -  update on the guidelines for managing homelessness accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Industry Partnership - Learning and Development and ASES support updates

Once you have registered, you should receive an email from Zoom on behalf of the Industry Partnership with your unique link to the webinar. 

This webinar will be recorded and placed our website 

For IT support on using Zoom please see the Zoom FAQ and Help Centre links here
If you have any questions you can contact us

COVID 19 Crisis Accommodation Register – Now Open

To help support people in the community who urgently need housing, the Industry Partnership are working to connect homelessness and support services with the accommodation sector who hold vacant properties.

We have now developed an accommodation register of vacant or available properties for services to access, and have sent a survey to all accommodation (hotels, self contained apartments, cabins) that have expressed interest in supporting people experiencing homelessness. This has been designed to align with the announced funding of $14.32m for emergency accommodation to enable people to self-isolate.

If you need to access funds to support your service and clients in response to COVID-19, please contact your DCJ District Contract Manager. Access to the NSW Government’s stimulus funds can be organised this way.

New Fact Sheet on Accessing Private Rentals and Rent Choice 
The Industry Partnership has put together a one-pager for services with information on accessing private rental accommodation and rent choice. It includes:

  • A quick start guide to working with Property Managers
  • Steps to get started & Quick tips
  • Managing relationships
  • The SHS/DVRE service responsibilities/ commitments
The Fact Sheet is up on the Homelessness NSW website, along with other SHS COVID-19 Resources