Adelaide’s population of homeless people who ‘sleep rough’ on the streets are the focus of a new initiative recently launched by the State Government – and young people have not been forgotten.

HYPA is joining with partner agencies that focus on servicing adults, Hutt Street Centre, Baptist Care and Uniting Communities, to provide specialist advice and counsel to ensure that young rough sleepers receive the service and support that they need.

The Inner City Street Crew initiative, launched by Housing SA, involves teams of workers from each agency working together to proactively connect with people who are rough sleeping to ensure that they are aware of the services available to them and are assisted in accessing those services.

HYPA Chief Executive Paul Edginton commended Housing SA on recognising the unique needs of young people who are rough sleeping, highlighting the extreme level of vulnerability these young people experience.

“The impact of rough sleeping on the lives of young people is profound and this extreme level of vulnerability requires highly focused support.

“Through the Inner City Street Crew, we are pleased to be partnering with other agencies to help these young people have better, safer lives,” Mr Edginton said.

Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison said the Street Crew will consist of a highly visible team of housing and homelessness outreach workers, along with Registered Nurses, GP’s and allied health workers.

“The Street Crew includes putting more people on the streets during the week and on weekends, and providing them with the health and welfare services they need.

“Programs like this that see governments and non-government organisations working together to solve complex social problems is the way forward and I’m pleased to support it,” Ms Bettison said.

The Inner City Street Crew will be working 7 days a week from 1-7pm.  If you are a young person experiencing homelessness or know someone who is, please visit HYPA at 135 Currie Street any time between 7am-7pm Monday to Friday for assistance.