Mobile support team to visit our region to help combat ‘housing crisis’

Broken Hill and Wilcannia are on a list of towns set to see support teams provide greater access to housing support and services as part of a state-funding initiative.

Dugald Saunders, state Minister for Western NSW, said mobile support teams would visit 20 communities within his constituency, which includes Broken Hill.

The outreach teams will provide information and support for those who require assistance with housing and other wrap-around services.

“It’s important that families in rural and remote areas of our great state have direct access to support, and there needs to be a realisation that the housing crisis we’re facing isn’t confined to larger centres,” Mr Saunders said.

“This program will help anyone at risk of being homeless realise that help is at hand, and it will provide meaningful advice and options to people to hopefully ensure they are able to put a roof over their heads.”

The Far West, Western and Murrumbidgee regions are top of the list to receive visits from the mobile outreach team.

They will bring information on Bond Loans and Rent Choice, as well as access to housing supports.

The mobile outreach patrol will also look to build stronger relationships with existing service providers and specialists in homelessness support.

Services are focused on towns and communities that don’t currently have a department of communities and justice offices.

Communities included in the program include Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Dunedoo, Warren, Gilgandra, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Bourke, Brewarrina, Trangie, Cobar, Nyngan, Wentworth, Balranald, Hay, Narromine, Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo.

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