The Marshall Government’s homeless sector shake-up has stripped funding from a range of established city services. Louise Miller Frost explains how the system changed, and the impact upon her agency’s services, staff and homeless clients as winter approaches.
Mental health service Neami National says it will be forced to close its Adelaide service with the loss of 36 jobs following a funding cut under the state government’s homelessness reforms.
The architect of the State Government’s controversial homelessness reform – a former Hutt St Centre CEO – says he hopes that vulnerable people “won’t slip through the cracks” after millions in funding were stripped from his former employer and other agencies, but that “we also know that sometimes in our system these things happen”.
The State Government has received more criticism over its planned reforms to homelessness services, with the St Vincent de Paul Society saying the move will lead to more rough sleepers during winter due to a “significant funding cut” to the organisation’s crisis centre for men.