Council’s response to COVID-19 and support of homeless people
On 27 March 2020, the NSW Government announced an additional $34 million to prevent and respond to homelessness in response to COVID-19.
Council continues to partner with and be guided by Eastern Suburbs Homelessness Assertive-outreach Collaboration (ESHAC) to establish a coordinated response to homeless people in the current COVID-19 climate.
Assertive outreach teams and homelessness services are continuing to work with people sleeping rough to offer accommodation and encourage them to engage with support services in the Woollahra LGA. Outreach staff adhere to advice from NSW Health, including social distancing, in order to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Homelessness in the Woollahra Municipality
Council acknowledges the rights of all members of the community, including those who are homeless, to use Council services, programs and public spaces. Local governments and community organisations play an important part in preventing, reducing, and managing homelessness through monitoring homelessness and referral to local services.
Compared to other LGAs, Woollahra has a comparatively low number of homeless people.
The objectives of Woollahra Council’s Homeless People Policy are to:
- Treat homeless people with dignity and respect;
- Ensure the safety of our community;
- Protect the rights of all members of the community; and
- Provide information about homelessness support services.
What can you do to support someone who is homeless in our community?
Please note, Emergency Services (000) should be contacted if a homeless person is presenting as a danger to themselves or anyone else.
For all other concerns, there are a range of support services available for homeless people in the Eastern Suburbs area.
What else does Woollahra Council do to support homeless people?
- Connects homeless individuals to outreach support services;
- Provides training and information to relevant Council staff so as to ensure a consistent approach regarding homelessness in our Municipality;
- Participates in an Annual Street Count;
- Is an active member in Eastern Suburbs Homelessness Assertive-outreach Collaboration (ESHAC); and
- Partners with a local social housing service for women and children escaping domestic violence.