Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the announcement that people sleeping rough in Penrith will benefit from a new NSW Government initiative aimed at breaking the cycle of homelessness.
“The Together Home project will provide people with access to the assistance they need to maintain their tenancy, improve their health and wellbeing and move towards greater community participation,” Stuart Ayres said.
“This initiative will change lives for the better, by supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community on the pathway to independence.”
The program will be delivered in Penrith by Wentworth Community Housing and Evolve Housing, which will lease properties in the private rental market to house people previously sleeping rough.
Mr Stephen McIntyre, CEO Wentworth Housing said Wentworth congratulates the NSW Government for launching the Together Home initiative. This is a critical program to help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Wentworth has a long history in working with rough sleepers.
“We know from our experience how stable accommodation coupled with support can turn lives around. We look forward to delivering this program with our community and government partners in the region.”
The NSW Government is investing $36 million in Together Home, the largest housing response dedicated to rough sleeping in NSW history.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the project will help hundreds of people across the state break the cycle of homelessness.
“Our housing, homelessness and health providers will be working around the clock in coming months to help people take the first steps towards breaking the cycle of disadvantage and staying off the streets for good.”
The NSW Government has invested more than $70 million to prevent and respond to homelessness during the pandemic, on top of the more than $1 billion invested this financial year in housing and homelessness support.