Homeless services in regional Victoria get boost to help ‘break the cycle’, prevent Melbourne rough sleeping

Homeless services in regional Victoria get boost to help 'break the cycle', prevent Melbourne rough sleeping

Homeless services in outer-suburban and regional areas of Victoria will be boosted in an effort to provide people with better support within their communities and prevent them from becoming rough sleepers in Melbourne’s CBD.

The Victorian Government said an additional $45 million would be put toward new and improved housing and homeless services outside the city centre, as part of its Rough Sleeping Action Plan.

People in crisis are often drawn to the CBD due to the proximity of support services and more well-lit areas which make people feel safer when sleeping on the street. It also makes them more visible.

But social groups say the crisis is much worse in suburban areas of Melbourne.

New outreach teams will be established in Dandenong, Frankston, Maroondah, Geelong, Swan Hill, Warrnambool, Ballarat and Bendigo to provide earlier intervention for those at risk.