Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today announced the expansion of supported temporary accommodation services for people experiencing homelessness across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region.

Mr Ward said that Dignity has been awarded the contract to deliver the contract in the Shoalhaven and Settlement Services International will support the Illawarra.

“Additional services will also be delivered across South Western Sydney and Southern NSW,” he said.

“Supported temporary accommodation services provide short-term accommodation for people, together with assistance to address the underlying causes of their homelessness and help in finding long-term accommodation.

“The supported temporary accommodation EOI announced in July 2017 allocated up to $10 million to be re-directed from low cost motels to non-government organisations to support people experiencing homelessness,” Mr Ward said.

“This is an innovative service model which will have great benefits for vulnerable people across the Illawarra and South Coast.

“The reasons behind homelessness are complex and people experiencing homelessness require comprehensive support,” Mr Ward said.

The NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said the services would lead to improved outcomes for people experiencing homelessness.

“This EOI has allowed us to test new models and helps ensure we are continually improving the way we respond to people in crisis,” Ms Goward said.

“We recognised that many people who are sleeping rough have complex needs and need more than a roof over their head and that is why we invited the NGO sector to provide accommodation in place of motels,” she said.

In 2016-17, the NSW Government provided more than 24,800 clients with access to temporary accommodation. This critical service reduces homelessness by providing access to a safe place for people who may be temporarily without housing, including outside of business hours when other services may not be available.