Homelessness NSW response to Foundations for Change

On 21st November 2016, Homelessness NSW provided comment on the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services (FACS NSW) discussion paper, Foundations for change- Homelessness in NSW.

In our submission, Homelessness NSW argued that Homelessness can be prevented and addressed in New South Wales but it requires resources and commitment from across the service system. Outlined in oursubmission is a detailed analysis of current issues relating to NSW policy and practice regarding homelessness and 38 recommendations that, if implemented, will make a real difference to preventing and addressing homelessness in New South Wales.

The key priority areas that these recommendations focus on include:

 

  • The development of a Homelessness Strategy that includes agreed targets and measurable outcomes and ensures Departments and agencies are held to account for these targets and outcomes;
  • A commitment to affordable housing, including an expansion of available social housing in New South Wales;
  • Implementation of evidence based approaches at a systemic level (rather than pilots) including implementing Housing First and other supportive housing models as a systemic response to homelessness;
  • A commitment from the broader service system to working in a collaborative and integrated way across the various homelessness cohorts including rough sleepers, young people, women and children escaping domestic and family violence, older women, Aboriginal communities, CALD communities and LGBTQI communities.
  •  A commitment to a respectful, consultative and consumer led approach to supporting people at risk of homelessness and people experiencing homelessness.