At-risk social housing tenants in Murray will be the first in the state to receive intensive and tailored support as part of a new NSW Government program to help keep people in housing and prevent them sleeping rough.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward and Member for Murray Austin Evans announced today that Yes Unlimited, in partnership with Linking Communities Network, will deliver the Sustaining Tenancies in Social Housing program in the region.

“We know that people need the stability of secure, long-term housing so they can address other issues in their lives,” Ms Goward said.

“Through this program, support services will work with Housing teams and tenants in Murray to understand any risks to their tenancies, and then organise supports for people to get the help they need to stay in their homes.”

Linking Communities Network Deputy Chief Executive Officer Kirrilly Salvestro and Member for Murray Austin Evans.

Sustaining Tenancies, which will also be trialled in Macquarie Fields, will begin in the coming months and is funded for $10.6 million over four years and will see specialist staff working with tenants one-on-one to ensure the support they receive matches the particular tenancy issue they face.

Mr Evans said the successful providers had a strong track record of supporting communities in the region to thrive.

“I am delighted that the Liberals & Nationals Government is partnering with organisations that share our goal of supporting tenants to remain safely in their homes,” he said.

Linking Communities Network Deputy Chief Executive Officer Kirrilly Salvestro said Linking Communities Network (LCN) are very excited and pleased that, along with YES Unlimited, we were successful in gaining the funding for this innovative program.

“Many of our clients are Social Housing tenants and additional funding will enable us to provide intensive support to them which will assist the tenants to maintain their housing,” Ms Salvestro said.

“Often tenants for various reasons find they are unable to maintain tenancies effectively in the long term.

“For a service such LCN to offer this program is ideal as hopefully it has the capacity to reduce the numbers of evictions from Social Housing and therefore reduce the number of people falling into homelessness,” she said.

“We look forward to working alongside FACS Housing and our partners YES Unlimited to commence a program that will produce increased outcomes for Social Housing tenants and thank the NSW Government for this innovative program”.

Sustaining Tenancies in Social Housing is an initiative under the NSW Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023.

The NSW Government is investing $1 billion to support people experiencing homelessness by helping to break the cycle of disadvantage, giving people choices and restoring their dignity to ensure they live happier and more secure lives

That includes $61 million in new funding over the next four years to implement the Homelessness Strategy, with more assertive outreach services for rough sleepers, strengthened risk assessment to address the underlying complexity behind each person’s homelessness and more support to maintain a tenancy.