October 19, 2021
Homelessness NSW is pleased to have worked with NCOSS, CHIA NSW and DV NSW on the Equity Economics report Rebuilding Women's Economic Security - Investing in Social Housing in NSW, which highlights the urgent need to invest in women’s economic security by building more social housing. The Report finds that the pandemic has worsened the housing insecurity of women in NSW with the number of people seeking specialist homelessness services who had experienced family and domestic violence increasing by 7.1 per cent in 2020-21, compared to a 3.2 per cent increase in demand for all specialist homelessness services and 4,812 women currently being forced to stay in an unsafe and violent home, or face homelessness - with up to 2,402 women returning to live with a violent partner because of lack of an affordable alternative, and a further 2,410 homeless because they could not find secure and permanent housing after leaving violence.
October 12, 2021
Organisations in Western Sydney have signed an open letter urging the Premier to extend ‘WestInvest’ to social and affordable housing. Because what has been highlighted during the lockdown is the essential need for all in Western Sydney to have access to a safe, affordable and appropriate home. We call on the NSW government to: 1. Acquire existing social and affordable housing stock to meet the immediate need in the community, including the public health needs of COVID-19. 2. Commit an additional $500 million to repair existing social housing stock. 3. Deliver at least 5,000 additional social housing dwellings per year for the next 10 years. Reduce all types of homelessness by committing to a fully funded state-wide action plan, with the goal of ending homelessness in NSW by 2030.
August 31, 2021
The COVID-19 situation continues to unfold in Western NSW, across largely Aboriginal populations. Aboriginal people are identified as a clearly vulnerable community to COVID 19. Such vulnerability stems from chronic health conditions experience by Aboriginal people and under-resourced health services in regional and remote NSW.
August 4, 2021
Homelessness NSW and the Centre for Social Impact, UNSW, are proud to launch a new report “More than temporary? An evaluation of the accommodation of people rough sleeping in inner city Sydney during the COVID-19 pandemic”. The report was produced following interviews with key organisations involved in the 2020 accommodation response. As the increased accommodation of rough sleepers takes place again during Sydney’s current lockdown, it is more important than ever to reflect on the experience of this response and ensure that everyone is provided with housing at the end of the lockdown.
July 12, 2021
Homelessness NSW was pleased to be a partner in a new report by Equity Economics Nowhere to go: the benefits of providing long term social housing to women that have experienced domestic and family violence launched today. It costs the savings to women and the community of providing housing so women avoid homelessness, and returns to violent partners because of homelessness. It is intended to influence the public debate and the Government as we lead in to the Women’s Safety Summit scheduled for 29-30 July.
July 12, 2021
NCOSS, Homelessness NSW and the Tenants Union of NSW have written to Premier Berejiklian and Treasurer Perrottet asking them to advocate for a range of key initiatives with the Federal Government including reinstatement of JobSeeker and JobKeeper and have asked the State Government to reintroduce the eviction moratorium and financial support for renters to support people at risk of homelessness due to the latest COVID-19 outbreak.
May 21, 2021
Homelessness NSW was pleased to launch this joint report with PIAC that focuses on the lived experience of people sleeping rough and the impact that police interaction can have on wellbeing and ensuring access to housing and support services.
May 10, 2021
The Federal Government on Saturday announced that the Budget will contain $124 million to reinstate the ERO funding within the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) for the next two years. Thank you to our members and the broader sector for your advocacy on this. We did it!
May 5, 2021
A wonderful turn out today to the Sydney Women's Homelessness Alliance's National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day Event. We joined together at Parliament House to lay roses to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic and family violence.