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Alcohol-free zone removal a ‘win for the marginalised’

BY ANDREW BARCLAY Sydney’s homeless population is set to benefit after the City of Sydney Council proposed scrapping over 60 alcohol-free areas across the city. Under the plan zones will be removed across several suburbs including Redfern, Surry Hills, Newtown and Darlinghurst. Homelessness NSW has welcomed the proposal, which it said unfairly targeted people sleeping […]

As affordability decreases, homelessness rises

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Levels of homelessness in the City have increased to their highest figure since 2013, according to latest City of Sydney homelessness street count. The City of Sydney’s Febuary street count found there were 890 people without a place to live with 486 sleeping on the streets and 404 in hostels. Independent State […]

Discussing homelessness in a pub

By Sophie Trigger   A conference was held by Politics in the pub on Thursday (November 13) at the Harold Park Hotel to address the increasing homelessness in Sydney. Gary Moore, the CEO of Homelessness NSW, pinned the spike in price of the housing market as a driving factor in the increase of rough sleepers. […]

Waverley Council supports continued funding for women’s homelessness

Waverley Council voted unanimously to seek the continuation of funding for women’s refuges and specialist women’s homelessness support services in the inner city and eastern suburbs at a council meeting held last Tuesday (June 17). The council will formally write to State Member for Vaucluse and NSW Minister for Community Services, Gabrielle Upton, to clarify […]

Faculty opens, services cut, Green Sq ideas

Faculty opens University of Technology Sydney (UTS) UTS Chancellor and Prof Vicki Sara (left) with Dame Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, and UTS Vice-Chancellor Prof Ross Milbourne, toasted the official opening of the first and largest of the three buildings in the university's billion-dollar "City Campus Master Plan" on June 12. The new […]

News in brief

Wayside's 50 years The Wayside Chapel will mark its 50th birthday with a street party and a special church service from its CEO and pastor, Graham Long. A jumping castle, petting zoo, cooking demonstrations and 1960s dress-up booth will adorn Hughes Street, Potts Point from 10am this Sunday, April 13. The Wayside Chapel provides services […]

Going home, staying home

Under new reforms set to be implemented from July 1, the City of Sydney will face funding cuts to homeless services and will lose control of its Homeless Persons Information and Referral Service. In February 2013, the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, released the Going Home, Staying Home reform plan for […]

Opening doors for the homeless

The City of Sydney will continue funding its successful Way2Home project until July. Established in 2010, Way2Home assists people experiencing homelessness to move into long-term housing and re-establish ties with the community. Its “housing first” approach is based on the philosophy that people should be able to enter long-term housing contracts without first having to […]

Regions reap homeless funding but city loses out

The state government’s budget for homelessness will be overhauled in 2014, with funding to be distributed on a “needs basis” – to areas with a lower socio-economic status. Funding will go to areas with greater instances of factors causing homelessness. The changes mean regions such as the Hunter and New England will see funding boosted […]

Occupy continues to defy

Occupy Sydney has announced it will mark its second anniversary in Martin Place with a day of music, speeches, solar cooking demonstrations and free food. The group will celebrate two years in the heart of Sydney’s financial district on Saturday, October 12 – the closest Saturday to the two-year anniversary on October 15. Occupy Sydney […]