Homes Out West to help deliver new state government program

Homes Out West to deliver project

Albury's Homes Out West has been included as a provider of the NSW state government's new program to tackle some aspects of homelessness.

The government's $36 million Together Home project is set to deliver stable housing and wrap-around support for hundreds of people experiencing homelessness.

Together Home will be delivered by the government, in collaboration with 19 community housing providers, specialist homelessness services and healthcare workers.

Homes Out West is a relatively small community housing provider and has been allocated eight Together Home places in Albury.

It will be working with YES Unlimited as support provider to sustain successful tenancies, as well as real estate agents and private landlords to lease the required properties.

It is currently liaising with YES Unlimited and Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) housing staff to assess referrals.

It is hoped the service will commence in the city in coming weeks.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, Gareth Ward, said Together Home is the largest housing response dedicated to rough sleepers in NSW history and will secure homes rapidly from the private rental market underway.

"Part of this initiative is about finding people a place to call home, but the critical next step is supporting them with the services they need to improve their health and wellbeing, and to rebuild their lives," Mr Ward said.

"(This will) help people take the first steps towards breaking the cycle of disadvantage and staying off the streets for good."