- Included individuals sleeping rough and those experiencing violence at home
- SA government has established five new homelessness alliances
The South Australian government has announced that in light of the recent lockdown, over 300 vulnerable South Australian households were placed in short-term motel accommodation and will continue to receive assistance.
Michelle Lensink, the Minister for Human Services, said the government in partnership with the homelessness sector quickly arranged short-term accommodation for not just those sleeping rough, but also those experiencing violence or abuse at home.
“Our number one priority was ensuring our most vulnerable South Australians were safe and supported during the state-wide lockdown and like our approach last year, those who have been accommodated will continue to receive support post lockdown if they want it,” said the Minister.
“Ultimately, we want to see as many people housed as possible.”
Ms Lensink also thanked the new homelessness alliances.
“Thanks to all our services, including our five new homelessness alliances, for working collaboratively and quickly to keep our most vulnerable safe and well,” she said.
“While we have people in short-term accommodation, each Alliance is engaging with clients regarding their housing and support needs, to support everyone who wants support, and working together to prioritise clients into housing.
Michelle Lensink, Minister for Human Services
“This coordinated process will ensure housing outcomes are prioritised to the most vulnerable cohorts, including rough sleepers and women and families whose safety is at risk.”
Housing SA and the services will continue to match priority clients with appropriate accommodation, such as public housing, community housing, boarding houses or supported and transitional accommodation.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us what we can achieve when we work together to achieve a common goal and I commend everyone for their hard work that has so far produced some fantastic outcomes,” concluded the Minister.