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Funding boost supports local teens with crisis care

Local teens who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will receive 24/7 help and crisis care under new funding for the area, Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries has announced.

Mr Humphries welcomed the roll out of the state-wide Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP), a $32 million NSW Government homelessness initiative.

“For those of us with secure families it is nearly beyond comprehension that there are young teens who find themselves homeless and needing help, but each year these kids are coming to homelessness services in our district for help,” Mr Humphries said.

“While local services will deal with the immediate crisis they also have resources in place to help young teens return safely to their family, and if that can’t be done, to assist them into more appropriate long term care and accommodation.

“These young people are going to get the help they need, whether it’s education, training or health services, so that they have a future of hope.”

Mr Humphries said funding has been provided to Mission Australia to provide care in the Far West and Upper Western NSW districts, while Samaritans have been funded to look after Hunter New England and Veritas House will support Central West NSW.

Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard said the program was funded for four years and it  assist  up to 1300 young teens aged 12-15 who each year turn to homelessness services in NSW.

The Land and Housing Corporation is also delivering $4.5 million in additional transitional housing homes to HYAP in;  the Central Coast;  Illawarra Shoalhaven (Blackbutt and Shoalhaven location); Nepean Blue Mountains (Penrith and Richmond); South Western Sydney (Campbelltown and Ingleburn); Western Sydney (Blacktown) and Far West  (Broken Hill).

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