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 2022

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.

  • Social housing in Australia has shrunk from 4.8 per cent of all homes in 2011 to 4.2 percent in 2021.
  • One in seven people coming to homelessness services in Australia are young people on their own.
  • In 2020-21, 114,000 people seeking homelessness services had to be turned away because of a lack of resources. That's 20 per cent more than the year before. Homelessness is not "rooflessness".
  • Only seven percent of people without a home are sleeping rough. The majority of homelessness is hidden - people in crisis accommodation, rooming houses, insecure housing, overcrowded dwellings or couchsurfing.
  • Rents in Australia have increased by 9.1 per cent in capital cities and 10.8 per cent in regional areas in the past 12 month

The theme for Homelessness Week 2022 is to end homelessness we need a plan.

We need a national plan to end homelessness to properly address the issues driving rising homelessness, and to respond effectively so that homelessness is prevented where possible and quickly resolved when people do lose their home. The new Federal Government has committed to developing a national housing and homelessness plan. This Homelessness Week, we are launching discussions within the sector about what the national plan needs to include to end homelessness in Australia.

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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