Written on the 29 July 2015 by Kevin Conolly

Highlighting Homelessness Prevention Week which runs from 3-9 August, Kevin Conolly said today that Western Sydney will receive $15.8 million this year for specialist homelessness services to help people who have become homeless and to prevent others in the local community from becoming homeless.
"This week reminds us to think about what we can do as a community to help people without a home and help prevent further homelessness in the community,"
"I am pleased to support Homelessness Prevention Week, which aims to raise community awareness and understanding of homelessness, and help prevent people from experiencing homelessness.
"The NSW Government has acknowledged the challenge faced by people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness and statewide funding for homelessness services in 2015-16 will assist around 54,000 people."
Mr Conolly said Western Sydney is sharing in the NSW Government's record investment of $182 million in 2015-16 to deliver specialist homelessness services throughout the state.
"The NSW Government is supporting a number of local initiatives that reach into the heart of the community to help homeless people and those at risk of homelessness," Mr Conolly said.
"For example, Family and Community Services work with Providential Homes, who started a service in April 2015 that provides semi-supported temporary accommodation to young people aged 17-25 years.
"The service has two properties that can provide assistance for up to 16 young people at any time, with a focus on helping people to become ready for independent living.
"The accommodation cost is lower than local hotel and motel accommodation rates and it provides some meals, and social workers for additional support.
"But whether it is helping with food, clothing or shelter there is much more work to be done.
"A safe home is fundamental to our well-being, but tens of thousands of people in NSW will be without that safety tonight.
"The NSW Government's reforms of specialist homelessness services are designed to make it easier for people to access services when they need them," Mr Conolly said.
To find out more about Homelessness Prevention Week visit:http://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/index.php/events/hpw/hpw-2015

Author: Kevin Conolly


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