$3.1 million to provide accommodation for people in Dubbo sleeping rough

People sleeping rough in Dubbo who have received accommodation and support through the NSW Government’s Together Home program will be helped into longer-term housing thanks to a more than $3.1 million partnership with Housing Plus.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the program will fund Housing Plus to deliver eight social housing properties in the region.

“This transition program will assist our local Together Home tenants into longer-term social housing with wrap around support,” Mr Saunders said.

“It builds on the work Housing Plus, specialist homelessness services and the community are doing to prevent and respond to homelessness in our region by providing stability to help people get their lives back on track.”

Housing Plus CEO David Fisher said the properties will help the organisation’s local Together Home tenants in temporary accommodation into longer-term social housing with wrap around support.

“Not only will it deliver social housing properties for people sleeping rough in Dubbo, but it will also create dozens of jobs, providing a welcome boost for the local economy,” Mr Fisher said.

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones said the $122.1 million Together Home program is a nation-leading initiative that has already helped 728 people with housing needs and 870 with support services to transform their lives.

Of this, $35.5 million has been allocated for the delivery of 150 dwellings to address long term housing needs. 

“In partnership with the community housing sector, this transition program will help more people break the cycle of homelessness for good,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

The Together Home program was first rolled out in July 2020 and will support over 1,054 people sleeping rough into housing.

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