15 August, 2014

Auburn Shortage Of Safe Places

Barnardos Mary Haiek and program manager Sonya Lawler are helping people put a roof over their head.

The shortage of safe places people can call home was highlighted at an afternoon tea hosted by the Barnardos Auburn Temporary Accommodation Program during Homelessness Week.

Barnardos Auburn deputy senior manager Mary Haiek said having a roof over their head was something many people take for granted.

"Everyday many families with children and young people are unable to find affordable and safe accommodation," she said.

"Our program aims to assist families with children and young people to develop the skills to be able to live independently, meet their rental obligations and raise their families."

Figures released last week showed that the State Government's new Link2home telephone information and referral service for enquires about homelessness, had fielded more than 7,400 calls in its first month.

Family and Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton described Link2home as "an incredible success".

She said figures showed that 40 staff from the service had made more than 12,000 calls to homelessness services and accommodation providers to find accommodation for 1,900 people.

"The Government's $4.5 million investment in the new Link2home provides a single 'one-stop shop' for vulnerable people making it easier for them to access the services they need when they need them," Ms Upton said.

Those experiencing homelessness or anyone at risk of homelessness can contact Link2home on 1800 152 152.

(This article was first published in the Auburn Review Pictorial on August 11, 2014.)