Government committed to breaking cycle of homelessness

To mark the start of Homelessness Week, the NSW Government has reinforced its strong commitment to help people break the cycle of homelessness.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said more than $70 million has been invested in homelessness and housing support during the COVID-19 pandemic, to help prevent and respond to homelessness.

“Our Government has worked tirelessly to bolster support and protect those most in need, by providing them with a safe place to call home, as well as the critical support they need to improve their health and wellbeing,” Mr Saunders said.

“Homelessness Week is an opportunity to recognise people who have broken the cycle of homelessness. Two in five people getting help from homelessness services are in regional NSW, and the NSW Government is working hard to prevent people slipping through the cracks.

“Homelessness in regional NSW is often hidden, and I would like to recognise our hard-working specialist homelessness services and housing providers that are delivering support to our community’s most vulnerable.”

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said more than 2,750 families and individuals who were homeless or at risk of homelessness are now living in safe and stable housing, thanks to the NSW Government’s work to prevent and respond to homelessness during the pandemic.

“Whether it’s people who are sleeping on our streets, people couch surfing or victims of domestic violence – our Government is working tirelessly to bolster support and protect those most in need,” Mr Ward said.

“There is still a long way to go, and Homelessness Week is an opportunity to reiterate our commitment to helping people break the cycle of homelessness in the regions.” Anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness can call Link2home on 1800 152 152. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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