Last week a code blue was called for those sleeping rough in cold temperatures across South Australia, although it wasn’t applicable to the Eyre Peninsula, despite homelessness still an issue in the region.
The code is called when temperatures drop below 6 degrees and gives those doing it tough access to extra government services and support.
The code was not called on the EP however West Coast Youth and Community Support had team members out and about during the cold nights offering those doing it tough warm clothes, pathways to housing and support.
Last year homelessness rates across the country were estimated at approximately 50 people per 10,000 people with high numbers both in cities and regional areas.
Jo Clarke from WCYCS says on a monthly basis they see over 150 individual people come in for help and in the course of this year they have seen a total of 268 people, and of those people, 184 were new clients, people they have never had any engagement with before.
“Look there are layered reasons around what creates homelessness in our society; housing stock is definitely one because people just don’t have the financial means to afford properties, we also see family violence as a huge driver and then we also see mental health and drug and alcohol a common driver.” Said Jo.
Anyone in need of support are urged to contact or visit West Coast Youth and Community Support.