Homelessness NSW submission to the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’

On 3 May 2019, Homelessness NSW made a submission responding to the issues papers released by the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’.  You can find this submission below.

The submission noted our support for a Housing First approach to people experiencing homelessness who are also dealing with substance abuse issues.  It argued for far more investment in specialised services for drug users and in training for workers in mainstream services to equip them with the skills to work with drug users.  We consider that this is necessary to prevent the current situation, where Specialist Homelessness Services are expected to recognise and respond to the needs of drug users without having specialist expertise in this area.