BaptistCare HopeStreet welcomes the recent NSW government funding announcements of $61 million to be put towards a new homelessness strategy.

Homelessness is a complex and multifaceted issue affecting an increasing number of Australians. While there are many catalysts and considerations at play, HopeStreet particularly welcomes the government’s focus on women experiencing domestic violence, and affirms that whatever policies the NSW Government puts in place, women’s safety should be the priority.

An alarming 40% of the people who were assisted by specialist homelessness agencies in Australia in 2016-2017 received assistance because as a result of domestic and family violence.

“That’s a frightening statistic and one that demonstrates the depth of the issue as contributing factor to homelessness in this country,” said Mr Rob Ellis, BaptistCare General Manager - Community Services.

“The many faces of homelessness have not always been well understood or represented, in media or in politics, and BaptistCare HopeStreet recognises the importance of this new homelessness strategy with continuing support for people sleeping rough and initiatives that address ‘hidden homelessness’,” he said.

The organisation also recognises the prevalence of domestic and family violence as the lead driver of homelessness in our nation.

BaptistCare HopeStreet provides trusted places in the community in some of the most vulnerable locations across NSW, offering hope to people living with disadvantage and distress. Its services include support for domestic and family violence, homelessness and women who work in the sex industry, as well as providing access to fair finance and affordable food.

BaptistCare HopeStreet sees the person before the issue, and has been privileged to put faith into action for over 45 years, with meaningful services and support that transform the lives of people.