On Census night in 2016, more than 37,000 people in NSW were experiencing homelessness. Having a safe and secure home – something that most people take for granted – is out of reach for too many.
The NSW Homelessness Strategy sets out the NSW Government’s plan for a comprehensive approach to prevent and improve the way we respond to homelessness. It is a framework for action that will enable government agencies, the non-government sector, and the community to collaborate and act to reduce the impact of homelessness on individuals, and improve outcomes for people and families. For the first time, we have established clear accountability across government so that all agencies and mainstream services (such as Family and Community Services, Health, Justice, and Education) share responsibility for preventing homelessness and increasing access to services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
An effective response to homelessness means creating a system that is able to intervene early and put people at the centre. It means giving people choice and restoring dignity. It means doing more of what we know works while looking for new ways to prevent homelessness. It means being able to deliver effective interventions at scale.
The NSW Government’s 2018/19 Budget commits more than $1 billion for homelessness services over the next four years to support new and existing initiatives.