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What is complex homelessness?

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The Haymarket Foundation is known for its expertise in complex homelessness, where people typically spend six months or longer without a permanent home. “Episodic homelessness can happen to anyone, if they lose a job, or a relationship ends without that individual having a financial independence or other support, for instance,” says Grace Rullis, the Manager of Homelessness Services and Clinical…

For the love of dog!

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Every Monday morning for several years, Nicky Solomon and her dog Nell were the centre of attention at the Haymarket Foundation’s crisis accommodation facility in Chippendale. Residents – who have experienced homelessness – would pat the Border Collie-Kelpie and chat with Nicky. “Coming to the Haymarket Foundation enriched our lives enormously,” she says. “I loved developing the relationships with clients….

A home of one’s own

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Any time a person who has experienced homelessness get a permanent home, it’s a cause for celebration. But this time is different: nine clients of the Haymarket Foundation have moved out, or are in the process of doing so, at the same time. Plus their own accommodation will be in a suburb of their choosing. “This is huge: it has…

Supporting former rough sleepers to maintain tenancies and improve health and wellbeing

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Neami National and the Haymarket Foundation are pleased to work in partnership to deliver the Sustaining Tenancy in Social Housing Program, a new initiative funded by the Department of Communities and Justice, which aims to prevent a large-scale return to homelessness. People who have a history of rough sleeping will receive extra support to maintain at-risk tenancies through the Sustaining…

Fresh focus on cultural inclusion

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The Haymarket Foundation’s renowned Bourke Street residential rehabilitation program has a fresh focus on cultural inclusion and safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Two Aboriginal consultants have carried out an assessment of the Bourke Street Program, which has been operating for 30 years. The work carried out by the consultants included a two-day workshop to ensure Aboriginal and Torres…

New grant to help end complex homelessness

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Around 20 of Sydney’s most vulnerable residents, who have experienced prolonged and repeated episodes of homelessness, will be offered an opportunity to end that cycle. The City of Sydney has awarded a grant of around $50,000 to the Haymarket Foundation to conduct neuropsychological assessments for people experiencing homelessness who have suspected cognitive impairments. The assessments make recommendations relating to securing…

Ex-academic experienced homelessness for 10 years

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A 66-year-old former academic who lost his sight and career, then slipped into homelessness for over a decade, finally received some good news. The man, who worked at universities in Australia and in the US, had no support network and spent his life savings trying to regain his vision. The Haymarket Foundation’s Rapid Response team navigated the aged care system,…

Donate now: a Christmas gift to help end homelessness

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For many people experiencing homelessness, the Haymarket Foundation provides more than a place to stay, it is the closest thing there is to family. We work around the clock, every day of the year to provide meaningful support and outcomes for people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness, in Sydney. But we do try to make Christmas that little bit…

Stitching together a new future

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Hendra was just 19 years old when they met their long-term partner, an older Australian man, in Indonesia. They migrated to Australia and lived in a large home in Sydney’s Drummoyne for more than 20 years. The couple travelled frequently and Hendra pursued an interest in dressmaking. Around eight years ago, Hendra was kicked out, when Hendra’s partner started a…

Looking back at 2020: how has COVID-19 affected the Haymarket Foundation?

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COVID-19 has presented both significant challenges and opportunities for the Haymarket Foundation and our work with those at-risk of – or experiencing – homelessness. Increase in demand: Most of our services have experienced an increased demand, with the pandemic proving particularly difficult for some clients with mental health and drug and alcohol issues. Many tenants who were at risk of…