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 2020

As across all of NSW, Homelessness in the Sutherland Shire is on the rise with many people sleeping rough or in insecure accommodation. Census figures show that on a state level the number of homeless people in NSW has grown from 23,041 to 37,715 between 2001 and 2016, while locally there were 266 people homeless in the Sutherland Council on census night.

Due to Covid 19 pandemic, we are unable to organise any event during the Homelessness week (2nd - 8th August) this year. However, Homelessness Australia in partnership with Everybody's Home will be organising the Homelessness Week Launch - "Everybody Needs a Home" Event online on Monday 3rd August 2020 from 12 to 1:30 pm online and everyone is invited to attend.

There will be a panel of speakers including the Assistant Minister for Housing and Homelessness Luke Howarth, the Opposition spokesperson Jason Clare, plus building industry representatives from unions and companies. For more details of the Launch and to register for the Event, please use the following link

https://australiaathome.com.au/upcoming-conversations/homelessness-week

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