Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness, Mark Arbib, and NSW Minister for Community Services, Linda Burney, today launched a new project in the Illawarra for young people experiencing homelessness, the Youth Foyer Project. The Illawarra Youth Foyer project, run by Southern Youth and Family Services, has been granted more than $2.6 million funding from the Australian and NSW Governments, under the $1.1 billion National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. The project provides medium to long-term supported housing for up to 25, 15 to 23 year olds. Senator Arbib said that services like Illawarra Youth Foyer Project would make a big difference to youth homelessness. “Early intervention is absolutely critical and that is why I am extremely supportive of projects like Youth Foyers that not only provide young people with a roof over their head but also helps them undertake education, training and employment,” Senator Arbib said. Continue reading
Sharon Bird, Federal Member for Cunningham and Stephen Jones, Federal Member for Throsby, have welcomed an extra $1.5 million funding for local home and community services to allow frail older people, people with disabilities and their carers to continue to live independently. Part of a joint initiative with the NSW State Government, the extra $1.5 million for Illawarra, Southern Highlands and South Coast service providers will allow people whose capacity for independent living is at risk, to remain in their own homes for longer. “This funding will help many older Australians and people with a disability to stay at home rather than move prematurely into residential care, by providing practical assistance that they and their carers need,” Stephen Jones, Member for Throsby said. “People want to maintain an independent lifestyle, in their own homes and in their own communities, close to their friends and family for as long as they can. This extra funding will boost home-based and community services to achieve this outcome,” Sharon Bird, Member for Cunningham said. Examples of the types of local services that will benefit from the increased Home and Community Care (HACC) funding include community transport, home maintenance and modification, home monitoring for conditions such as dementia, the provision of allied health services, meals on wheels, case management, and centre-based day care.