It is estimated that approximately 750 people "sleep rough" in Sydney every night. Often suffering mental illness or other disabilities, these are people who cannot be guaranteed a warm and secure place to sleep at night and who are forced to wander, usually in search of the next night's bed, during the day. Many of them attend daily programs provided at UnitingCare services such as the Exodus Foundation in Ashfield, Mission by the Sea in Bondi or at Parramatta Mission, receiving a well balanced meal, acceptance, advice and referral as well as somewhere to shower or wash their clothes.
Established services such as Edward Eager Lodge in Surry Hills provides nightly crisis accommodation for 76 homeless people as well as programs which link them back in to mainstream community life. Smaller, more local services are provided through congregations such as Stepping Stones at Campelltown-a medium term accommodation service for males between 14 and 18 years.
UnitingCare Ageing through it’s Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) and Homeless CACP programs work to provide a seamless service model that improves the quality of life for many financially and socially disadvantaged older people, including those with a mental illness in the Sydney’s Inner West and on the Central Coast.
UnitingCare Burnside also works with young people in Western Sydney who are homeless or at risk of homelessness through their Drum program. This service assists with crisis and finding long term accommodation as well as mediation and family work.
All represent the commitment of UnitingCare to assisting the most disadvantaged and vulnerable within our community.