Standing in QEII Square for a National Homelessness Week event, Albury police officers and Carevan Foundation volunteers were approached by people seeking advice on someone they knew was at risk.
Both organisations interact with community members sleeping rough in their everyday work.
Carevan chief executive Stacey Franklin said Tuesday’s barbecue was about having a subtle but welcoming presence.
“We were there to show our support and raise awareness around services locally – you can go into the police station or St David’s if you need to,” she said.
“One in 200 people are affected by homelessness; there were over 116,000 Australians identified as homeless in the 2016 Census report.
“Ultimately that figure is much higher, as lot of people who are homeless weren’t part of that Census.
“If you know of someone, or feel you may be at risk, there are community organisations locally that can help.”
NSW Police are again conducting a drive of second-hand police boots, which will be collected by Mission Australia and distributed to those in need.
Together officers across the state donated more than 300 pairs.
Meanwhile, Member for Albury Greg Aplin welcomed a $1 billion commitment by the NSW state government for homelessness services over the next four years for both existing and new initiatives, including $61 million over four years to implement the NSW Homelessness Strategy.
“Homelessness is a very complex social issue which can affect a range of people including victims of domestic and family violence, young people or those experiencing mental health problems,” he said.
“Providing a person with secure housing and tailored support which meets their needs helps to restore dignity and sets them on a positive path.
“I welcome the record $1 billion investment to homelessness services across NSW over four years.”
For further reports on Homelessness Week, running until Sunday see Saturday’s The Border Mail.