There are Opposition claims the State Government will force up to 80 homelessness services to close due to funding cuts.
There are Opposition claims the State Government will force up to 80 homelessness services to close due to funding cuts.

Claims Baird government has abandoned the homeless

THE State Government has come under fire this afternoon over claims it has abandoned more than 80 homelessness services operating in New South Wales.

An analysis by the NSW Opposition has uncovered that many services, which have helped the most vulnerable in our communities for decades, will be forced to close their doors as a result of the Liberal Government's 'Going Home, Staying Home' program.

The list of affected services includes North Coast Anglicare and Jetty Bunker Youth Service Incorporated.

"We know from the latest crime statistics that domestic violence and sexual assaults are on the rise and the Liberals approach to helping these victims is to force the closure of specialist women's homelessness services across New South Wales," Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Linda Burney said.

"Make no mistake, the closure of at least 80 homelessness services including a large number of specialised women's refuges will not make women safer - women escaping domestic violence and sexual assault need specialist and gender-specific services, not generalist services."

LIST OF KNOWN HOMELESSNESS SERVICES TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS

Compiled by the NSW Opposition*

Aboriginal Corp for Homeless and Rehab
ACON Health Ltd
Adele Dundas Inc
Affordable Community Housing Limited
Albury Wodonga Community Network Inc (AWCN)
Alices Cottages Incorporated
Anglicare North Coast
Armidale Womens Housing Group Inc
Auswide Projects Ltd
B Miles Womens Foundation Incorporated
Ballina District Community Services Inc
Baptist Community Services - NSW & ACT
Bathurst Womens Housing Program Incorporated
Broken Hill Youth Accommodation & Support Service Incorporated
CareWest Limited
Christ Mission Possible Incorporated
Churches of Christ Community Care
Community Life Batemans Bay Inc
CRANES Community Support Programs Limited
Detour House Inc
Each
Eastern Suburbs Community Youth Assn
Eastlakes Family Support Serv Inc

Eastlakes Womens and Childrens Refuge Inc

Elsie Women's Refuge
Erin's Place Inc
Fusion Australia Ltd
Glebe House Incorporated
Guthrie House Co-operative
Hastings Women and Childrens Refuge Inc
Holroyd Youth Services Incorporated
HopeStreet
Immigrant Women's Speakout Association of NSW Inc
Innari Housing Inc
Inverell Refuge Centre Inc
Jetty Bunker Youth Service Incorporated
Joan Harrison Support Services for Women Incorporated
Judge Rainbow Memorial Fund Inc
Kamira Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services Incorporated
Katakudu Womens Housing Inc
Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre Inc
Killara Womens Refuge Inc
Liberty Church of Christ
Life Resources Centre Incorporated
Lighthouse Community Care Ltd
Liverpool Youth Refuge Incorporated
LYAAC Ltd
Marcia Womens Refuge
Marrickville Womens Refuge Ltd
Medley Community Inc
Monaro Crisis Accommodation Servs Inc
Moruya Women and Children's Service Incorporated
Muslim Women Association
N.E.S.H Women's Scheme Inc
Newcastle Youth Accommodation Service Limited
Phoenix House Youth Services Incorporated
Project Youth Incorporated
Regional Development Australia - Murray
Regional Youth Support Services Inc
Shoalhaven Womens Resource Group Ltd
Shoalhaven Youth Accommodation
South West Child Adolescent & Family Services Inc
South West Womens Housing Incorporated
St Francis Social Services
St George Accommodation for Youth Ltd
St George Womens Housing Inc
St George Youth Services
The Bridge Youth Service Inc
The Burdekin Association Inc
The Fact Tree Youth Service Inc
The Marmalade Foundation Limited
The Platform Incorporated
The Turning Point Youth Accommodation Service Incorporated
Toukley Women's Refuge Inc
Tweed Shire Women's Service Inc
Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation
Upper Hunter Community Services Inc
Wandiyali Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Inc
Western Housing for Youth Ltd
Wollongong Emergency Family Housing In
Wollongong Womens Housing Inc
Women's Community Shelters Limited

* The list of defunded homelessness organisations represents a conservative analysis of unsuccessful tenders for 'Going Home, Staying Home' and does not include the organisations that declined to submit a tender due to the Government's failure to include their category.



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