Housing agencies share hub for homeless

Illawarra Mercury 28 January 2014

The role of Piccadilly in addressing the region’s homelessness issues has not gone unnoticed by Illawarra housing agencies.

This month, the official opening of a new “homeless hub” by Wollongong Emergency Family Housing and Wollongong Women’s Housing will create a one-stop-shop for homelessness resources just metres from the Piccadilly entrance.

“Housing clients will ring around from one service to the next trying to find help, so we thought it would be great to have all the services together under one roof,” said Loekie Klevjer, manager of Women’s Housing.

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Illawarra’s huge rise in homelessness

Illawarra Mercury 17 December 2013

A lack of public housing and the high cost of rental properties had forced many people in the Illawarra to couch surf or to become homeless, Julie Mitchell of Wollongong Emergency Family Housing said yesterday.

Ms Mitchell was commenting on a new federal government survey which showed 244,000 Australians used homelessness services in the past financial year – an increase of 3 per cent.

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Housing crisis: Piccadilly motel a family’s last resort

Illawarra  Mercury, September 30 2013

The Piccadilly Centre has been called many things – an eyesore, a hotspot of crime, even an “enclave of scumbags” in a 2012 Brand Wollongong report. But for a slice of the Illawarra’s most at-risk people, Piccadilly is something else entirely – home.

For years, the Piccadilly Motor Inn has been a last resort for the region’s homeless. Whether referred by agencies including Housing NSW or the Department of Community Services, or arriving on the doorstep with a suitcase in one hand and a child in the other, Piccadilly has long been a refuge for people and families without options.

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