Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP joined the Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward today as she announced four projects in the St George region have been awarded funding as part of the Going Home Staying Home reform of specialist homelessness services.
Ms Goward and Mr Coure visited the Southern Sydney Youth Refuge in Penshurst to make today’s announcement.
“The Liberals & Nationals Government is improving services and lives through the reform of the specialist homelessness service sector. Through these reforms we want to prevent homelessness, rather than just managing the problem,” Ms Goward said.
Going Home Staying Home will see:
 Homelessness services reconfigured so they deliver a range of responses to clients, including prevention and early intervention responses and crisis support.
 Resources rearranged across NSW to ensure they are provided where they are needed most.
 Services better communicate with each other and refer clients more successfully.
“This funding will help these homelessness services in the St George region to better meet the objectives of the Going Home Staying Home,” Mr Coure said.
“We were warmly welcomed today by staff at Southern Sydney Youth Refuge and saw firsthand, the wonderful outcomes achieved through such organisations and their dedicated staff. With this funding, even more outcomes can be achieved for vulnerable clients who are homelessness or at risk of homelessness.” Mr Coure concluded.
“The NSW Government is driving this reform with a newly formed industry partnership established between Homelessness NSW, Domestic Violence NSW and Yfoundations,” Ms Goward said.
“This partnership has been formed to work with the NSW Government to improve services and lives through the reform of specialist homelessness services in NSW.”
This funding is provided under the National Partnership Agreement