Regional areas are set to benefit from the Nationals in Government’s commitment to halve street homelessness across the state by 2025.

The Nationals in Government have signed an agreement to join the fight against street homelessness and set a ground-breaking target of halving homelessness in NSW.

This Government is working hard to break the cycle of homelessness with the latest street count showing a significant reduction in the number of rough sleepers across the State.

Already $1 billion has been invested in tailored services over four years to break the cycle of homelessness, but we need to do more and signing this agreement is a huge step towards achieving that.

Homelessness is not just an issue in the city, it affects our regional towns, which is why this target is for the entire State of NSW. Homelessness is a complex social issue that cannot be solved by Government alone – that’s why we will be inviting the best and brightest from the frontline and from the community to collaborate with us to find new ways of tackling street homelessness.

Mental health and substance abuse issues are often the underlying causes of homelessness which is why we are focusing on early intervention and will deliver a multi-faceted approach to combating this issue.

The NSW Homelessness Strategy sets the direction for the next five years, focusing on prevention responses that address the root causes of homelessness and early intervention responses that will reduce the longer-term impact of homelessness.