Homelessness is a significant and growing issue in the inner west community and takes many forms including sleeping rough, couch surfing and staying in unstable or overcrowded accommodation.

The drivers of homelessness include a shortage of stable and affordable housing, family violence, long-term unemployment, family breakdown, mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse.

Council has developed strong partnerships with the Department of Family and Community Services (Housing), Sydney Local Health District, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Missionbeat and other homeless services to assist people to find housing.  Multi-agency outreach teams walk the streets and parks of Ashfield and Newtown and have helped dozens of people to move into their own home.  

Photo Credit - Newtown Outreach Team: finding positive local solutions to the complex issue of homelessness. The team visits the parks and streets of Newtown to provide assistance to people needing help with accessing housing and other services. It is a collaboration between Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Department of Family and Community Services (Housing), Sydney Local Health District, Inner West Council, NEIMI Way to Home, Youth Off the Streets and Lauchpad.

Community Outreach

Watch this video on how Newtown Community members are taking action on homelessness...

How to Help 

Anyone who is concerned about the welfare of a person who is sleeping rough can contact Missionbeat on 1800 306 461.

Homelessness Services 

There are a number of services within the Inner West that are dedicated to assisting people experiencing homelessness.

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Page last updated: 21 Feb 2019