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A new approach to ending complex homelessness

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The Haymarket is about to trial a new approach to ending complex homelessness. Complex homelessness is where people typically spend years without a home, with multiple failed tenancies. Many have been in hotel accommodation for six months, to better self-isolate during the pandemic. While there was $36 million earmarked for rough sleepers to get social housing after the hotel accommodation,…

Mental health under the spotlight ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day

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A group of suicide prevention experts in Sydney’s East is calling for residents in the area to take part in an event with a difference to mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday September 10th. The Eastern Sydney Suicide Prevention Network, which usually holds a walk in Rose Bay to mark the date, is instead asking for people to walk…

State Parliament hears about telehealth pilot

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The State MP for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, has acknowledged the work of the Haymarket in a community recognition statement made to the NSW Parliament. In particular, he noted the telehealth pilot which is being conducted during the pandemic, which allows people experiencing homelessness to access a GP and other health services. The Independent MP noted that these are services are often unavailable…

HAYMARKET IN THE MEDIA: Opinion

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A group of people experiencing homeless are still in temporary accommodation, waiting to see if and when they get social housing. George, who has case workers at Sydney’s Haymarket Foundation, writes that more social housing needs to be built to help stop homelessness. This piece first appeared in Pro Bono Australia. OPINION: When you’re sleeping rough, you worry about what…

More people experiencing homeless to get GP support

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A unique GP service aimed at people experiencing homelessness will be expanded, after the success of the first phase of the pilot. The Haymarket Foundation started the telehealth pilot in June, with 10 of its clients getting access to a GP using digital technology. The initiative is significant as most people experiencing homelessness do not have access to a GP…

The food enterprise with love at its heart

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Sydney’s inner west social enterprise Colombo Social is giving away even more free meals to those in need, with a new collaboration with the homelessness service the Haymarket Foundation. During the pandemic, it has given over 22,000 meals to people experiencing homelessness. Now it’s providing an additional 100 meals a week to clients of the Haymarket, who are currently in…

A win for digital counselling

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The Haymarket Foundation has won a significant grant to boost its digital counselling services for people experiencing homelessness. The grant of over $30,000 from the City of Sydney will allow the Haymarket to establish digital consulting rooms in its offices in Chippendale and Woolloomooloo and to operate a mobile facility. Through these three hubs people experiencing homelessness will be able…

Homeless get vital access to GP support

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People experiencing homelessness typically don’t have access to a GP – but that is about to change with a unique pilot being carried out by the Haymarket Foundation. From late June, the clients of the Haymarket Foundation will be asked if they need medical support and if so, they will be offered access to services including GPs through a digital…

A new focus on Indigenous health

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The Haymarket’s renowned Bourke Street residential rehabilitation facility will have a tailored program focused on the needs of Indigenous clients, thanks to a grant from the NSW Ministry of Health. The Program, which has been operating for 30 years, has one of the lowest relapse rates for graduates. Indigenous clients are disproportionately represented in the program, but until now there…

Helping rough sleepers find housing solutions

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The Haymarket Foundation is putting on an additional staff member to help support rough sleepers, who are currently in temporary accommodation in hotels, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Haymarket has been sub-contracted to carry out some of the additional casework, alongside Neami National’s 13 outreach workers. Neami National was awarded a contract to extend support services for people in the…