Nine rough sleepers already have a roof over their heads thanks to a new $12 million homelessness program being managed by a partnership between The Women’s Housing Company, Bridge Housing and Metro Community Housing and Neami National on behalf of the NSW Government.
The Supported Transition and Engagement Program (STEP) commits the partnership to housing and supporting 90 people who have experienced long-term homelessness by 2022. It’s a housing first model that makes safe and permanent housing the first priority for people experiencing homelessness.
The Women’s Housing Company, partnered with Bridge Housing and Metro Housing to win a competitive government tender to manage the project and provide housing. NEAMI National will provide wrap around support services, including assistance to sustain their tenancies.
Homes will be sourced from the private rental market to house the residents who have experienced chronic homelessness on the streets and in temporary accommodation. Since the program’s commencement in July, nine people have been housed.
The Women’s Housing Company CEO, Debbie Georgopoulos said: “I’m delighted that the Women’s Housing Company is helping to meet the needs of rough sleepers in the inner city with safe, secure long-term housing.”
“STEP builds on our experience and expertise acquired through our participation in Connect 100 and other homelessness programs.”
The program also has a regional component whereby 30 homeless people will be housed outside the Sydney metropolitan area.