Help for vulnerable to continue post lockdown

More than 300 vulnerable South Australian households have been kept safe in short-term motel accommodation during the seven-day lockdown – and will continue to be supported following the state-wide emergency declaration.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the Marshall Liberal Government, in partnership with the homelessness sector, swiftly arranged short-term accommodation for people sleeping rough or those experiencing violence or abuse at home when the lockdown was announced.

“Our number one priority was ensuring our most vulnerable South Australians were safe and supported during the state-wide lockdown and like our approach last year, those who have been accommodated will continue to receive support post lockdown if they want it,” said Minister Lensink.

“Ultimately, we want to see as many people housed as possible.”

Minister Lensink thanked the new homelessness alliances for stepping up at this time of need.

“Thanks to all our services, including our five new homelessness alliances, for working collaboratively and quickly to keep our most vulnerable safe and well,” said Minister Lensink.

“While we have people in short-term accommodation, each Alliance is engaging with clients regarding their housing and support needs, to support everyone who wants support, and working together to prioritise clients into housing.

“This coordinated process will ensure housing outcomes are prioritised to the most vulnerable cohorts, including rough sleepers and women and families whose safety is at risk.”

Services will be working with Housing SA to match priority clients to available accommodation through our broad network of housing and homelessness services.

Housing options could include, public housing, community housing and other accommodation such as boarding houses, or supported and transitional accommodation.

During the lockdown, Sonder, through the new Adelaide South Alliance (Toward Home) provided mental health support to clients if they needed it. Hutt St, Westcare and Anglicare supported clients with food provision.

Last year, the Marshall Liberal Government, along with support from housing and homelessness providers, helped a record 250 South Australians from short-term motel accommodation and into safe and stable longer-term housing.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us what we can achieve when we work together to achieve a common goal and I commend everyone for their hard work that has so far produced some fantastic outcomes,” said Minister Lensink.

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