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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…

Pilot of health care for homeless

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The Haymarket Foundation will pilot a telehealth program for people experiencing homelessness over the next four months. The pilot will be available to clients of the Haymarket as well as others in temporary hotel accommodation due to COVID-19 As part of the pilot, general practitioners will deliver video consultations alongside the Haymarket’s existing clinical psychology and waiting list support services,…

Donate now: help end the cycle of homelessness

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When Justin* came to the Haymarket a couple of months ago, it was the first home he’d had in more than 20 years. When the pandemic struck – it became a turning point for him – and for the Haymarket. Taking a hotel room to help enforce social distancing caused him anxiety. Our case managers have worked painstakingly with him…

Outreach food packs for people experiencing homelessness

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The Haymarket is part of an innovative program providing meals to people experiencing homelessness, while supporting a local café during the economic downturn. StreetSmart Australia has developed and implemented the SmartMeals program, which feeds people and saves jobs. Single O Café in Surry Hills provides 30 meals a day for the Haymarket’s clients who are currently in hotel accommodation, reducing…

ABC Radio features Haymarket’s homeless crisis accommodation

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ABC Radio is airing a program featuring how clients and staff at the Haymarket Centre are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Reporter Hagar Cohen from Background Briefing followed a number of clients as they were moved into a nearby hotel. Before they arrived at the Haymarket, many of these clients spent years either sleeping rough or experiencing other types of homelessness….

Major change to crisis accommodation service

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In the biggest change to the Haymarket’s homelessness crisis accommodation services in many years, most clients will be moved to temporary accommodation off-site until the end of June. While our Chippendale premises will remain open – and eight of our most vulnerable clients will stay on-site – 15 others will be re-located to a nearby hotel. The change is part…

Helping prevent homelessness during COVID-19

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Two teenage girls who had experienced homelessness, then lost their jobs due to COVID-19, are the first to get support from a new stream of funding being administered by the Haymarket Foundation. The pair, who had been staying in a girls’ refuge, received money to help them find their feet and establish tenancies in Sydney. The money has been made…

Unique Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselling Service available free

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A unique counselling service is available to disadvantaged members of the community who have both alcohol and other drug issues and mental health concerns. Normally, specialist counselling like this is only be available free of charge to people in rehabilitation. The Haymarket Foundation’s AOD Counselling Service has another point of difference: the psychologist has the discretion to work with the…