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Kiama - Gareth Ward unveils NSW Homelessness Week


Today marks the start of NSW Homelessness Week, aimed at preventing and responding to homelessness.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward, says more than $70 million had gone towards new and expanded programs since March, to help support some of the most vulnerable people in the community.

Mr Ward says more than 2,750 families and individuals, who were homeless or at risk of homelessness, are now living in safe and stable housing, due to the NSW Government’s work to prevent and respond to homelessness during the pandemic.

More than 1,900 individuals and families who were homeless or at risk of homelessness have moved into social housing since April, including more than 230 rough sleepers who had spent time in temporary accommodation, such as hotels.

Another 850 individuals and families have received assistance to rent homes in the private market, including through programs like Start Safely for people escaping domestic violence, and Rent Choice Youth. The recently announced Together Home project will significantly expand work to secure housing for rough sleepers, with some positive results achieved already.

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