Delivered in partnership with Shoalhaven Community Alliance member SAHSSI.
In October 2015, the State Government responded to increasing community need across NSW by announcing new funding for crisis accommodation services that help victims escape domestic and family violence. This culminated in a $20 million funding injection being announced by the Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward. The additional $20 million is flexible and is designed to meet unmet local needs through:
• Providing expert and responsive 24/7 on-call services.
• Increasing beds through refuges renting nearby properties.
• Providing more crisis/emergency accommodation and temporary accommodation.
Shoalhaven Community Alliance member SAHSSI was awarded 3 years funding to service the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. The funding allowed the introduction of 24/7 on-call services to improve the access to services for women and children escaping domestic violence situations.
Southern Cross Housing purchased and upgraded an eleven room property for the purpose of hosting the service.
SAHSSI is a specialist homelessness service operating across the Shoalhaven and Illawarra with over 66 years’ experience supporting vulnerable members of our community. SAHSSI operate the service, providing professional support to residents.
Founded in 1983 in the Shoalhaven, Southern Cross Housing provide social and affordable housing across the Shoalhaven, Illawarra, Eurobodalla and Monaro regions. SCH is a not-for-profit organisation managed by members of the local community. SCH are the owners of the property and provide property management and maintenance services, and support exit planning by facilitating access to permanent housing options.