It can be rough on the street
On any given day, at least 10 people will come to Newtown Neighbourhood Centre who are at risk of homelessness. They may be dealing with domestic violence, drug or alcohol addiction and/or various mental health issues.
And the issue doesn't stop there, in 2011, the NSW Census found there were almost 30,000 homeless people across the state and this is expected to increase due to the housing crisis.
But there is help available
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre's (NNC) First Response Program ensures that anybody who is homeless walks away with a clear path to getting a roof back over their head.
First Response Homelessness Worker Erica said, “sometimes all it takes to get somebody a place to live is to simply take the time to get to know them and write a letter of support. Often it takes more, but either way we give them a plan and a sense of hope during what can be a very frightening time.”
Thanks to the generous donation of $10,000 raised by the Newtown Locals at Newtown Festival 2015, combined with the generosity of festival goers at the gates, NNC has been able to continue the First Response Program which would otherwise have closed last year.
And we need your help too
In order to keep the service running, and prevent people being on the streets, more funds are required.
Liz Yeo, NNC CEO said, “while support from the Festival has enabled us to continue in the short term, we are now asking people to contribute to our crowdfunding campaign ‘First Response’ to keep the program running. We need $80,000 per year to run the service and to keep people from sleeping rough.”
“People are noticing a rise in the number of people living on the street and it’s making them uneasy not knowing what they can do,”she said.
“By contributing to First Response you know that you are putting your money into a local organisation with almost 40 years experience and one that works directly with people who are doing it most tough in our community.”
Why Newtown Neighbourhood Centre (NNC)?
NNC is recognised as a lead specialist homelessness service in Sydney. We appreciate the NSW Government’s recent announcement of its intention to continue funding our Boarding House Outreach Service until 2020.
The First Response Program is an additional initiative in response to the growing needs seen first hand as a result of the housing crisis across Sydney.
First Response is not government funded and will rely on the support of the community if it is to continue.