Code Red activated for four days due to extreme heat

A state-wide Code Red extreme weather response for people sleeping rough is being activated over the next four days due to the forecast heatwave conditions across South Australia.

The Housing Authority has activated a Code Red from today until Friday, December 20.

During a Code Red activation, Housing SA, together with its non-government partners, makes additional accommodation and services available for extended hours for people sleeping rough in the hot weather.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said increasing homelessness services was vital as temperatures soar into the 40s.

“Keeping vulnerable South Australians safe and well in the extreme heat forecast over the next four days is our priority,” said Minister Lensink.

“Due to this week’s extreme heat, the SA Housing Authority and its non-government partners have made the decision to extend agency operating hours to ensure people sleeping rough are keeping cool and well-hydrated during the scorching heat.

“People in regional areas can call the Homelessness Gateway 1800 003 308 if they need assistance in the heat. This service is available state-wide 24/7, every day of the year.”

The following services in metropolitan Adelaide will extend their operating hours:

• Westcare (Baptist Care SA) 11/19 Millers Ct Adelaide, will be open overnight on Tuesday 17 until Friday 20 December. Closed 7am-9am.

• Street to Home will be providing additional outreach services to people rough sleeping.

• Trace-A-Place (SYC) 135 Currie Street Adelaide, will extend their hours from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday 17 until Friday 20 December. Opening at 9am.

• Hutt Street Centre 257 Hutt St, will extend their hours from 7am to 5pm on Tuesday 17 until Friday 20 December.

Minister Lensink thanked the people working on the ground during the extreme heat.

“It is thanks to these services and staff that we are able to help people stay safe and well in extreme weather,” said Minister Lensink.

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