Catholic organisations are at the forefront of an innovative partnership with government and business groups to eliminate homelessness across New South Wales which is starting to deliver results. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
The End Street Sleeping Collaboration was conceived four years ago when Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP brought together Catholic social and health services organisations including St Vincent De Paul, St Vincent’s Health, Catholic Healthcare, the Australian Catholic University and the Mercy Foundation to form a taskforce to come up with a plan to end homelessness in Sydney.
It's work has motivated the NSW Government to sign an agreement with the Institute of Global Homelessness, along with other partners including Catholic and other faith-based charities, to halve the number of people sleeping rough across NSW by 2025.
The Chief Executive Officer of the End Street Sleeping Collaboration and former NSW Labor minister Graham West credits the progress made to the partnership across community agencies and government which has helped ensure people at risk of long-term homelessness receive the services best tailored to meet their individual needs.
The Director of Homelessness and Housing with Vinnies, Brett Macklin, said most rough sleepers have been homeless for two years or more and they need to be matched with a comprehensive range of services to help them turn their lives around.
The End Street Sleeping Collaboration is harnessing the resources of government, health and welfare agencies including St Vincent’s Health Australia, the Salvation Army, Catholic Care and Mission Australia to provide the client centred support to help the homeless access the long-term support they need.
Partnership gains hope for the homeless (By Michael Kenny, The Catholic Weekly)