Homelessness is a complex and challenging issue and the effects can be devastating for those at risk of becoming homeless or currently experiencing homelessness.
Homelessness affects a broad range of people in our community and requires a collaborative, integrated and empathetic approach to ensure that services and supports are in place to assist people experiencing, or at risk of becoming homeless.
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 increased the risk of homelessness for many people, the Salisbury Homelessness Strategy was developed in response to the increasing numbers of people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in the region.
The strategic priorities of the Salisbury Homelessness Strategy are:
- Prevention and early intervention responses to reduce homelessness
- Engagement and outreach to people experiencing homelessness
- Provision of affordable and low cost housing
- Inclusive public realm
- Regional collaboration and service
- Evidence based advocacy
Council provides a Housing Support Program which supports older people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
As a care finder organisation we
focus specifically on providing practical help and assistance for vulnerable
older people to help them find suitable housing. The people we help would not
be able to arrange services without intensive support and do not have family
member or friends who can help.
The Housing Support Program is
funded as a care finder through the Primary Health Networks.
People seeking information or assistance in connecting with homelessness and support services can call Homeless Connect SA 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 003 308, or visit the Homeless Connect SA website.
Homeless Connect SA can support you in a number of ways:
- Connect you with relevant services and information to help in your current situation
- Short-term assistance until you can be connected to a specialist homelessness service
- Referrals to specialist services including Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence services, youth services and mental health support.