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The NSW Government is calling on everyone with an interest in preventing homelessness to have their say on a new discussion paper Foundations for Change – Homelessness in NSW.

Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing Brad Hazzard said the discussion paper would be the foundation for the Government’s blueprint for tackling homelessness over the next decade.

fiji-homelessnessIt explores how government, the private and community sectors can work together to intervene earlier, and ensure fewer people experience homelessness. It also looks at ways to help people tackle the underlying causes that put them at risk of homelessness.

“Homelessness isn’t just the men you see sleeping rough,” Mr Hazzard said. “It’s women and children sleeping in their cars. It’s young people having to beg a couch from friends and never knowing where they will be the next night. “Common sense says if we intervene earlier we can prevent people from falling into this crisis.

“We want the best ideas from the community to help us get a strategy that makes a serious difference to vulnerable people who would otherwise have asphalt and not a mattress to lay their head.”

This year the NSW Government is spending $188 million on specialist homelessness services that will respond to around 58,000 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The Homelessness Strategy will assist in delivering other new initiatives including the  NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021 and Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW.

Consultation will take place across NSW throughout September and October 2016. For the discussion paper and further details go to:  https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/homelessnessstrategy