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Out of the shadows

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When Julian* left the Haymarket Foundation’s Bourke Street Program, not only had he abstained from alcohol and other drugs for 18 months, he had also established a new career, learnt how to budget and rediscovered a love of tennis. “I have a game with men who are much younger than me and I’m still competitive. It’s a great way to…

30 memories for 30 years: an exhibition to mark a milestone

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A digital photographic exhibition has been launched to mark the 30th anniversary of one of the Haymarket Foundation’s flagship programs. The Bourke Street Program began in November 1990, housing and working intensively with five men who had alcohol and other drug issues. The home they lived in was on Bourke Street, East Sydney. Since then, the number of premises has…

Thanks for the food and love

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The Haymarket Foundation is so grateful for the donation of hundreds of delicious meals over several months for people who have been self-isolating in hotel and apartment-style accommodation, due to the pandemic. “It’s nice that people are helping us by providing meals: it shows they care,” says one person experiencing homelessness. “I enjoy the variety of the food.” The collaboration…

Online help for people experiencing homelessness

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The Haymarket Foundation has been using digital technology to help people experiencing homelessness access services during the pandemic. A particular need is help with drug and alcohol issues. The online service allows for increased accessibility for those with mobility issues and for those who do not have the resources or flexibility to travel. Thanks to a grant from the City…

Forum: What is complex homelessness?

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An online forum hosted by the Haymarket Foundation has heard cumulative trauma is a common link for many experiencing complex homelessness. The audience heard insights including that trauma on the brain can lead to people feeling attacked and running away, which leads to homelessness. The participants included: • Dr Jamie Berry, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist with Advanced Neuropsychological Treatment Services, who…

A fresh start in a new home

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A long-term resident bade a tearful farewell to the Haymarket, as he left for a permanent home in Sydney’s inner west. David* had been staying at the Haymarket’s crisis accommodation in Chippendale for 15 months, after sleeping rough for eight months in the CBD. Case managers at the Haymarket worked with David to secure NDIS support and to stabilise his health…

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…