Outreach teams for homeless in Geelong

HOMELESS PLAN: Housing Minister Richard Wynne announced a $17 million package for rough sleepers on Wednesday.

Teams of outreach workers will patrol “homeless hotspots” across Geelong as part of a rough sleepers’ package, State Government announced on Wendesday.

Housing Minister Richard Wynne announced the $17 million package, including 20 new modular homes to be built in areas of high need.

“We’re taking targeted support directly to rough sleepers to break the cycle of homelessness for vulnerable Victorians and help them get back on their feet,” he said.

Under the new program, foot patrols of outreach workers will provide tailored and targeted support to people sleeping rough and help direct them to emergency accommodation and ongoing support.

Meanwhile supportive housing teams will focus on ongoing solutions that get people off the streets and keep them in housing, helping with short to medium-term accommodation options and rental subsidies.

The package is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $45 million Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan.

The plan features modular housing support across the state, including at Norlane, and outreach and supportive teams for regional cities including Geelong.

Mental health service Neami National would manage seven of modular homes in Geelong, State Government announced.

Geelong, Bellarine and Lara MPs Christine Couzens, Lisa Neville and John Eren applauded the announcement.

“Everyone’s life story is different,” Ms Couzens said.

“This program will provide individualised support that looks at the unique challenges faced by each person, as well as providing new housing to expand our options.”

“These important changes will give vulnerable members of the Geelong community the support and shelter they need,” Ms Neville said.

“These outreach workers have access to a flexible range of services and approaches to support rough sleepers, to help them with the issues they face and assist them into housing in their local area,” Mr Eren said.

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