The NSW Government and key service providers, including the St Vincent de Paul Society, have signed a global agreement to halve homelessness in Sydney and the whole of NSW by 2025, the Catholic Weekly.
NSW is the first state in the world to sign the agreement to aggressively tackle rough sleeping.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian came together with service providers and Dame Louise Casey, Chair of the Institute of Global Homelessness, at NSW Parliament House to sign the agreement.
Ms Berejiklian also announced that the NSW Government has pledged $1 billion towards housing and homelessness services.
“Today is an historic day for NSW, as the first state in the world to sign up to this. I believe Sydney is the tenth city in the world to sign up,” the Premier said.
“We also do this because we know we need joint partners in this, we cannot do it alone.
The agreement was signed by the NSW Government, City of Sydney, Institute of Global Homelessness, St Vincent de Paul Society, St Vincent’s Health, Mission Australia, the Salvation Army, Wesley Mission, Neami National and Yfoundations.
Dame Louise Casey said it was “a huge team effort” that had brought all the key signatories together. She said the agreement had “ambitious but deliverable targets” and that the state-wide approach would address rough sleeping not just in the city but also in rural and regional areas.
“This collaboration is so incredibly powerful between the city and the state government, and between the organisations that very kindly also signed up,” Dame Casey said.
“I think it’s really important to note that NSW is the first state to take this approach across the world in terms of our modest organisation called the Institute of Global Homelessness.
NSW pledges to halve homelessness by 2025 (The Catholic Weekly)
Premier commits to halving street homelessness in NSW by 2025 (Sydney Morning Herald)