Almost a dozen residents of Belmore Park’s makeshift ‘tent city’ have been housed thanks to ongoing efforts by the City of Sydney’s homelessness unit. Since February this year the park, next to Central Station, has been likened to a shanty town, with dozens of people erecting a multitude of tents.
The situation has been closely monitored by the City of Sydney with the support of a series of government and non-government agencies including NSW Police, St Vincent’s, Neami outreach service and Mission Australia.
Manager of homelessness services with the City of Sydney, Trina Geasley said 11 people had been permanently housed as a result of the interagency group. “The interagency group was formed to ensure that a wide range of services could be offered to rough sleepers to try and get them the support to exit homelessness,” Ms Geasley said. “The group has worked really hard to identify the people that are living in the park and they are down there on a regular basis working with them.” Ms Geasley said despite moving the 11 rough sleepers into permanent housing, Belmore Park was continually attracting more homeless people. “There is nobody at the park now who was there in February which adds to the complexity of our job.”
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