Homelessness went under the spotlight at Housing Plus' get together

BBQ FUN: Ty Mostyn of Veritas House, Leanne Gerken of FACS Housing, Sarah Miller of Housing Plus, Jodi Nagy of Verto, Jordon Moore of Housing NSW, Nicole Gouge of Housing Plus and David Fisher of Housing Plus.
BBQ FUN: Ty Mostyn of Veritas House, Leanne Gerken of FACS Housing, Sarah Miller of Housing Plus, Jodi Nagy of Verto, Jordon Moore of Housing NSW, Nicole Gouge of Housing Plus and David Fisher of Housing Plus.

Concerned social support workers gathered on Byng Street on Friday to discuss tactics to tackle homelessness over a hot lunch.

Housing Plus invited the community to drop in to its office for a sausage and a soft drink while hearing about the services available to those at risk.

Team leader Toni Parker said they hoped to raise some awareness of homelessness in the region which was often ignored because it was not a visible problem.

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She said people often couch surfed rather than sleeping on the streets, which came with its own difficulties and consequences.

“Increased mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse and family violence are all associated,” she said.

“The decline in health that limited access to accommodation can bring often makes it harder to then find work.” 

Ms Parker said Housing Plus provided case managers to adults to assist vulnerable people with looking for rentals or accessing job services and counselling. 

She suggested young people speak to the team at Veritas House if they were at risk.

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