Inner West Youth Homelessness Service part of best practice showcase, funding renewed

Lex Lutherborrow, Centre Manager, Sydney Homelessness Services, Youth Off The Streets showcased our Inner West Youth Homelessness Service (iWYSH) partnership with YWCA NSW and Wesley Mission at the Specialist Homeless Services CEO Forum on Monday 16 November. There was a Showcasing Best Practise component to this day that was run in the afternoon. Several areas were presented and LaunchPad NSW Youth Community Services and Youth Off The Streets presented on young people. The areas we covered were service delivery of contract working on a district model, Assertive Outreach, working in partnership and working with young people.

iWYHS provides support for young people 16 – 25 who are Homeless or at risk of Homelessness across the Inner West district. Services that are provided are crisis and transitional accommodation, case management, early intervention and assertive outreach support, brokerage, rapid re-housing and supporting with clients with complex needs.

On the same day…

Youth Off The Streets welcomes Minister Hazzard’s commitment to homeless sector

Youth Off The Streets welcomes Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing, Brad Hazzard’s decision to renew homelessness service contracts through 2020.

This funding will allow Government-funded homelessness providers such as our Inner West Homeless Service (iWYHS) to continue to operate and make a difference in protecting disadvantaged young people from falling into homelessness in the first place.

The need for funding services such as iWYHS is greater than ever with over 44,000 young people under 25 homeless in Australia. Through iWYHS we have helped over 400 young people in the past year and having secured funding for the next 5 years means we will be capable of supporting a whole lot more.

Father Chris Riley, CEO and Founder at Youth Off the Streets says that early intervention is key in reducing the number of homeless people in Australia:

“Giving kids the best possible support through counselling, crisis and transitional housing and education is vital. As is showing them that they deserve the best life has to offer. But what is equally important is preventing homelessness in the first place. Intervening early is what will bring that number of homeless kids down. It has been great to watch the IWYHS develop into something that is having a very positive impact on the community and its young people,” he says.

Youth Off The Streets is dedicated to assisting disadvantaged young people. Homeless young people need a full continuum of help and more needs to be done in ensuring that homelessness is prevented in the first place. Youth Off The Streets welcomes Minister Hazzard’s announcement and long term commitment to eradicating homelessness in Australia.

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