Need for more temporary housing in Port Stephens

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Port Stephens Examiner

A recent statewide count of people sleeping rough conducted by the NSW Government has revealed that there was an increase in Port Stephens of seven from last year.

Hume Community Housing’s options manager Jenna Nadiotis said that Hume’s data had also shown an increase in the need for temporary accommodation.

“On average Hume receives around 1000 enquiries per month from customers seeking assistance for temporary accommodation because they are either experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. On average there are 20 households per night provided with temporary accommodation through Hume.

Despite the local Hunter variances, the number of people that were counted sleeping rough across NSW has reduced by 14 per cent in the last year, mainly due to the NSW Government’s strong focus on empowering people to break the cycle of homelessness.