« Homelessness is a complex social issue that cannot be solved by the government alone – which is why we will invite the best and brightest on the front and in the community to work with us to find new ways to combat homelessness on the streets. » In her drive to end homelessness around the world, Dame Louise Casey OBE calls on cities to « do something else that could work better, » and that`s exactly what NSW has done. Ask Izzy is a search tool that helps people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness find housing, food, health and other important support services. People affected by homelessness are mainly victims of domestic violence; refugees; people with mental health or addiction problems; youth who grew up outside of home care; and individuals from families affected by intergenerational homelessness or dependence on social assistance. « Unfortunately, we know that those who are vulnerable to homelessness, even after having a roof over their heads, need this support from other services to ensure their independence. » In her announcement, Prime Minister Berejiklian said. » We cannot be complacent and, by signing this agreement, we are rushing to do more. We`ve set a goal of halving homelessness on the streets across the state by 2025. The Prime Minister`s priority to reduce homelessness is the Vanguard Agreement. The NSW government signed the Vanguard agreement in February 2019 with the City of Sydney, the Institute of Global Homelessness and 7 non-governmental organisation partners who will work together to support the work under the agreement. The city of Sydney last year recorded the lowest number of people sleeping poorly in five years, evidence that NSW`s record government spending and intensive public relations efforts are helping more people at risk of homelessness find housing and support. If you are a real estate agent or landlord, you can help yourself by working with Local Home Care Services (SHS) to provide long-term housing for people affected by homelessness. Dame Louise Casey, President of the Institute of Global Homelessness, tells the story of a collective impact project in Chicago to end homelessness in her moving speech at the 2018 End Street Sleeping Symposium. The project expected the city to take in 120 homeless veterans each week, but they had 125 new veterans taking to the streets to replace them. Their point: housing the homeless is only half the equation.
The NSW government has signed a comprehensive agreement to halve homelessness on the streets across the state by 2025. « There is an emerging global movement to end homelessness and NSW is leading by example and helping other cities around the world set ambitious and achievable goals to end homelessness on the streets, » Casey said. . . .