Rough sleeping Code Blue response activated

Forecast extreme winter weather has prompted a Code Blue response for people sleeping rough in Adelaide and some regions.

During a Code Blue activation, Housing SA, together with its non-government partners, makes additional accommodation available for extended hours for people sleeping rough.

South Australians sleeping rough can seek extra support in Adelaide tonight at:

* Baptist Care’s Westcare Centre will be open (Friday) for overnight accommodation from 3pm. They will be open until 3pm tomorrow (Saturday). The Westcare Centre is located at 11/19 Millers Ct Adelaide.

* Trace-A-Place (SYC) will extend their operating hours till 7pm (Friday). They are located at 135 Currie St, Adelaide.

* Street to Home will be offering additional outreach services to people sleeping rough on Friday.

The Code Blue for Adelaide concludes tomorrow morning.

A Code Blue is also activated in Murray Bridge, Mt Gambier, Kadina, Berri and Clare from tonight to Tuesday. In Victor Harbor, a Code Blue is activated from tonight and will conclude tomorrow morning.

Minister for Human Services said a Code Blue has been activated due to forecast cold, wet and windy weather over the coming days.

“I really urge any South Australian sleeping rough to seek support and shelter from our participating service providers,” said Minister Lensink.

“People who are experiencing homelessness in these regions and need assistance to take shelter from these conditions can call the Homelessness Gateway on 1800 003 308. This number operates 24/7, every day of the year.”

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