Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson together with Family and Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton today officially launched a new specialist homelessness service which will give more and better help to people in need.


Tamworth Family Support Service will deliver the Tamworth Homelessness Support Service for Men, Women and Families as well as the Tamworth Youth Homelessness Support Service.


Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said “Tamworth Family Support Service (TFSS) is a local institution. The team here has developed a reputation for giving the best possible help to those in need in our community.


“Under the NSW Government’s Going Home Staying Home (GHSH) reforms to specialist homelessness services, TFSS will continue to deliver the best possible help to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness,” Mr Anderson said.


“Importantly, I am particularly pleased that our region is finally getting the resources needed to better prevent and address homelessness.


“Under the GHSH reforms, funding for specialist homelessness services in the Hunter New England Family and Community (FACS) District has increased by 12% to $18.3 million per annum. This funding will help support close to 8,800 people in need.


“I commend the team at TFSS for the work they have done and will continue to do in helping those most in need in our community.”


Minister Upton said “The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government inherited a specialist homelessness system which was too focused on the crisis point and not enough on prevention and early intervention.


“The GHSH reforms mean more money and better help delivered to the areas of greatest need,” Ms Upton said.

“Over the next three years, the NSW Government is investing a record half a billion dollars across NSW to tackle homelessness head on.


“The reforms mean people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will get the right help when and where they need it.”


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