Homelessness and social isolation are closely linked to cycles of intergenerational disadvantage.
Often, cycles of addiction, domestic violence and mental illness begin or end in homelessness.
Over the last few years homelessness has been a growing problem: between 2011 and 2016, homelessness in New South Wales increased at a rate of 13% a year. As at last census, there were 116,000 homeless people in Australia6, with 37,715 of them located in New South Wales7.
While housing outcomes are an essential part of addressing homelessness, integrated and holistic services and programs are crucial to alleviating and eradicating this pervasive societal issue. At the PAYCE Foundation, we believe that real change can be achieved through a direct, person-to-person response married with service provision that applies a systemic approach to homelessness and social isolation.
For this reason, our approach top homelessness is two-fold. On one hand we have committed to support an innovative approach to ending rough sleeping, through the End Street Sleeping Collaboration, an evidence-based innovative collaboration of all the major homelessness service providers in Sydney, aimed at eliminating rough sleeping in Sydney and eventually NSW.
On the other hand, we recognise the need to provide immediate services to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness including crisis shelters, transitional accommodation as well as initiatives aimed at improving inclusion and minimising social isolation amongst the most vulnerable.