Away from the media frenzy of Martin Place over the last while, the Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Police and the City of Sydney has quietly descended on Belmore Park and moved on those who have been there sleeping rough.
This was done with a high police presence, without working with homelessness services in the inner city, without any assessment of the support needs of the people sleeping there and without any plan other than to place them in temporary accommodation (hotels and motels) and available housing.
Vinnies understands that around 100 people have been housed with similar numbers being placed in temporary accommodation. We have had contact with some of those who had been housed, some are back on the streets already and some have been housed without furniture — that’s right — with not even a bed to sleep on.
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