Housing in New South Wales domestic violence centers maxed out as government changes reshape landscape of crisis housing
- In the southeastern Australian state, 90% of the 350 available rooms are full, while Sydney’s accommodations are at capacity.
- The housing saturation comes as 28,870 domestic violence incidents were reported in the first quarter of the year, including 8 deaths.
- Center managers report that a recently implemented governmental program has consolidated transitional and crisis housing with generalized homelessness services, leading to a sharp increase in housing demand and more turn-aways.
“It used to be that we were real advocates for women and now we are quite fearful of saying anything at all. We have to be grateful for every cent that we get.”
Read the full story at the Sydney Morning Herald.
(Image Credit: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, via The Sydney Morning Herald)