Homelessness

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Homelessness

 Sutherland Shire Council will always work towards reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness within the Sutherland Shire.  People experiencing homelessness like all other members of the public, have the right to enjoy public places for activities that do not create an adverse impact on the rights of other users in the community.

 To view a copy of Sutherland Shire Council's Homelessness Policy click here

 

 

 Homelessness

Sutherland Shire Council will always work towards reducing the number of homeless people in the Sutherland Shire. Homeless people, like all other members of the public, have the right to enjoy public spaces for activities that do not create an adverse impact on the rights of others in the community . To view a copy of Sutherland Shire Councils homelessness policy click here

 

Where to go for help

Homelessness Info Card

Homelessness Info A4 Version

 

How to help

Anyone who is concerned about the welfare of a person who is sleeping rough can contact

• Council during business hours on 9710 0333

• Wesley Mission on 1300 259 789

If you are concerned about an individual’s safety or wellbeing please contact Sutherland Police on 

02 9542 0899, alternatively 000.

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Energy Accounts Payment Assistance

 

Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) vouchers are available to support families and individuals with high electricity or gas bills. At this time of year or just after Christmas, the bills can pile up and support is availabe for those in need. Bills must match the name of the person receiving the voucher, and Proof of Identity is necessary.

The nearest two EAPA providers are Salvation Army Sutherland and the St Vincent de Paul Society Sutherland.

 EAPA Provider Contact List

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St George and Sutherland Shire Homeless Help

SASHH provides information about the services available for people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, those who may have temporary accommodation or experiencing housing issues, and are based in St George (Local government areas of Bayside and Georges River) or Sutherland Shire.

TIS National Interpreting Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people who have difficulties in communication to Services in English. Please call 131 450 if you need an interpreter.

For deaf, hearing or speech impaired people, please use the National Relay Service using their TTY by dialling 133 677 to contact the Service required.

St George and Sutherland Shire Homeless Help

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Homelessness Week 2021

What is Homelessness Week?

In Australia there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events, including providing information on the importance of housing as a solution and educating communities on how they can make a difference.

As across all of NSW, Homelessness in the Sutherland Shire is on the rise with many people sleeping rough or in insecure accommodation. Census figures show that on a state level the number of homeless people in NSW has grown from 23,041 to 37,715 between 2001 and 2016, while locally there were 266 people homeless in the Sutherland Council on census night.

The theme for Homelessness Week 2021 is Everybody needs a home.

Housing is more than just shelter. An adequate home is foundational to living a healthy life with safety, security, and a sense of wellbeing. This year’s Homelessness Week theme reflects the urgent need for social and affordable housing across the country, and aims to highlight the structural changes required to fix Australia’s housing system and end homelessness.

Homelessness factsheets A range of information on issues relating to homelessness and what is needed to address them. www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/homelessness-resources

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