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 a range of homelessness services and state government agencies to address homelessness in our local community. Multi-agency outreach teams walk the streets and parks of the Inner West, mostly around Ashfield and Newtown, and have helped dozens of people to move into their own home. These teams include staff from Inner West Council, Department of Family and Community Services (Housing), Sydney Local Health District, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Missionbeat, Wesley Mission, Youth Off The Streets, NEAMI Way to Home, Launchpad and The Exodus Foundation.  

Multi-agency Outreach

Watch this great multi-agency open discussion on some of the causes of homelessness and what is being done to help.

Meet the team - members of staff from various public, local government and not-for-profit agencies who are out there working collaboratively on the streets reaching out to those doing it tough.

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.

  • Exodus Foundation
     8752 4600
    180 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield NSW 2131
    Free breakfast and lunch daily, showers, social, medical, welfare and crisis support
  • Lifeline
    13 11 14
    24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention
  • Link2home
    1800 152 152
     24/7 referral to accommodation and services
  • Mental Health Line
    1800 011 511
    24/7 assistance with mental health issues
  • Missionbeat
    1800 306 461
    Outreach, welfare checks, transport to accommodation and services
  • NSW Domestic Violence Line
    1800 656 463
    24/7 referral service
  • Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
    (02) 9564 7333
    Boarding house services and homeless assistance
  • Partners in Recovery
    1800 501 858
    Assists with severe and enduring mental health issues
  • Wesley Homeless Services
    1300 259 789
    Accommodation support, case management services, early intervention and prevention programs
  • Youth off the Streets
    8217 4700
    Comprehensive youth (16-25yrs) homelessness service; youth housing

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Page last updated: 17 Oct 2019