Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres today congratulated the Penrith community on reaching a key milestone in the effort to establish a new crisis shelter.
The NSW Government has committed $2.8 million to Women’s Community Shelters (WCS) as part of a two-year funding deal to support the operation of existing community shelters, and help establish at least three new shelters across NSW.
WCS currently operates shelters in Manly, Hornsby, The Hills, and Great Lakes, which support women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of domestic violence. The shelters are co-funded by WCS and the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
WCS is continuing work with local supporters, including MPs, to grow community capacity and build on funding provided by the NSW Government.
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has praised the community and Women’s Community Shelters for now reaching a key funding target.
“Increasing crisis accommodation and case management support to women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of domestic violence is essential,” Mr Ayres said.
“WCS partners with local communities to establish new shelters by raising support, both financial and non-financial.”
“Reaching this goal means we are one step closer to a new crisis shelter, which will be a game changer for vulnerable people in our community.”
For information and referral to crisis accommodation call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or Link2home on 1800 152 152. Anyone in immediate danger should call 000.