One of South Australia’s major providers of support to the homeless has been left out of a state government restructure of services for the state’s most needy. Source: ABC News.
The Hutt Street Centre in Adelaide’s south-eastern CBD was established in 1954 to provide meals and social services to individuals and families, and currently supports an estimated 2,000 people.
But the provider — along with the Sisters of Mercy’s Catherine House, which offers crisis accommodation for women who have suffered domestic violence — has been excluded from plans to create five new service “alliances” across the state.
The alliances have been organised into four regions: Adelaide South, Adelaide North, Country South and Country North. The fifth alliance will focus specifically on domestic and family violence.
More than two dozen South Australian providers have been selected to service the five alliances, which will begin providing support from July.
The Hutt Street Centre said the cut to its funding equated to $1.2 million, adding that it was “very disappointed in the decision by the state government”.
Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the Hutt Street Centre had “received significant amounts of funding from the South Australian Government” and the loss of that funding stream would not affect its ability to continue providing support independently.
In a statement, chief executive officer Chris Burns said the government’s decision “does not mean the end of the Hutt Street Centre”, but said it would impact on service delivery.
Catherine House fundraising manager Jaylee Cooper said she was “shocked” and “devastated” by the funding cut, which also equated to $1.2 million.