Securing housing for the homeless

02 Jul 2020, by NCCH NSW in Affordable Housing, Blog, Community, Homelessness, Housing & homelessness, Latest News & Events, Rental stress

The NSW Government has just announced that rough sleepers across NSW are about to benefit from the largest housing response dedicated to rough sleepers in NSW history with a program to secure homes rapidly from the private rental market underway.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the $36 million Together Home project would deliver stable housing and wrap-around support for hundreds of people experiencing homelessness.

“Part of this initiative is about finding people a place to call home, but the critical next step is supporting them with the services they need improve their health and wellbeing, and to rebuild their lives,” Mr Ward said.

“Our housing, homelessness and health providers will be working around the clock in coming months to help people take the first steps towards breaking the cycle of disadvantage and staying off the streets for good.”

Together Home will be delivered in the Northern Rivers region in collaboration with North Coast Community Housing, specialist homelessness services and healthcare workers.

The NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the Government’s investment to support the most vulnerable during the pandemic was already changing lives.

“We want to give people a hand-up and set them on the pathway to independence, and that all starts with a safe and secure place to call home.”

NCCH CEO John McKenna said that “NCCH has received $2.1M over the next two years to support rough sleepers in our region by finding 30 new leasehold housing outcomes and providing ongoing support to them”.

NCCH hopes to work with local landlords in securing suitable properties to achieve this outcome. If you are a landlord who may have a 1- or 2-bedroom property available, please call our Lismore office on (02) 6627 5300.


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