Each year The Family Centre is assisting over 300 young people and children aged 15–24 who are homeless or imminent risk of becoming homeless.
During the 2014 reform of the NSW Specialist Homelessness Services program, Tweed Shire lost 12 Housing NSW beds previously allocated to homeless young people.
Tweed Shire has the lowest number of supported accommodation options for homeless young people in NSW. There are only two houses with two bedrooms in each property allocated by Housing NSW as supported transitional accommodation for young people in the Tweed Shire.
Just 4 beds are available to meet the needs of over 300 homeless young people and accompanying children.
The Tweed Shire has a population of over 90,000 people and one of the highest homelessness rates in NSW. It is only fair that we have the same resources to work with the young people affected by homelessness to help them to stabilise their lives and quickly transition to independence.
The Family Centre is calling on the NSW Government to immediately restore the number of beds available for homeless young people from 4 back to 16. This will bring the number of beds in line with other comparable regions in the state.