Pictured: Shane Jakupec, NSW Regional Manager and Tamara Sequeira, Way2Home Service Manager
In January 2016, Neami Way2Home supported the 300th person from sleeping rough into permanent housing.
To mark this achievement, we celebrated everyone's efforts at the Redfern Community Centre with people supported by the service and partner organisations.
Uncle Allen Maddon, Gadigal Elder opened the presentations with a welcome to country. Speakers from then included: Minister Brad Hazzard, Neami National CEO Arthur Papakotsias, City of Sydney Councillor Jenny Green, NSW Regional Manager Shane Jakupec and Way2Home Service Manager Tamara Sequeira. The experiences of service users were represented through presentations and a photography exhibition. The presentations were positive and inspiring: Minister Hazzard and Councillor Green very publicly acknowledged the success of this remarkable collaboration.
CEO Arthur Papakotsias attributed the success of the service to close collaboration between partners including FACS, City of Sydney, St Vincent's Hospital and a range of other housing providers and service partners. "We want to recognise the work that rough sleepers do in achieving permanent housing and celebrate the success achieved through commitment and collaboration by the homelessness sector", Arthur said. Neami Way2Home supports rough sleepers to access other types of accommodation while they are waiting for a permanent housing offer. Arthur said this included crisis, transitional and temporary accommodation options. "Neami Way2Home is working innovatively with FACS to deliver new and creative ways of supporting rough sleepers to gain permanent housing".
Since 2010, Neami Way2Home has supported 314 people transition into permanent housing, including:
- 110 people housed as part of the Platform 70 project (A partnership with Bridge Housing and FACS supporting people into private subsidised rental)
- 33 housed in the Common Ground project
- 171 housed through housing pathways – Housing NSW and community housing providers
Read about Way2Home on the Neami website