People sleeping rough in the Bathurst electorate will be rapidly housed and given ongoing, wrap-around support under a new NSW Government initiative aimed at breaking the cycle of homelessness, Paul Toole MP said today.
“The Together Home project will provide people with access to the assistance they need to maintain their tenancy, improve their health and wellbeing and move towards greater community participation,” Mr Toole said.
“This initiative will change lives for the better, by supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community on the pathway to independence.”
The program will be delivered in Bathurst by Housing Plus which will lease properties in the private rental market to house people previously sleeping rough.
Housing Plus CEO David Fisher said his organization was in a unique position to be able to provide support services, as well as help secure the accommodation.
“As a Homelessness Service Provider, Housing Plus looks forward to working with other providers and volunteer organisations in Bathurst to bring this important service forward as soon as funding is received.” Mr Fisher said.
“We are proud to be providing secure housing and coordinated assistance for people who have been sleeping rough in our community”.
The NSW Government is investing $36 million in Together Home, the largest housing response dedicated to rough sleeping in NSW history.
Mr Toole said the project will help hundreds of people across the state break the cycle of homelessness.
“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.”
The NSW Government has invested more than $70 million to prevent and respond to homelessness during the pandemic, on top of the more than $1 billion invested this financial year in housing and homelessness support.