Following the launch of Health on The Streets (HoTS) in March, we are proud to announce that ten people who had been sleeping rough on the streets of the Central Coast have been supported to obtain temporary housing by the HoTS Team, with an additional person securing permanent accommodation. HoTS is a Mobile Health Clinic that provides health checks and outreach to people experiencing homelessness on the Central Coast. Our CEO, Michelle Bradbury says “The timing of the COVID-19 Pandemic within a week of launching HoTS may have been a setback if it weren’t for the dedication of our team who were committed to helping vulnerable people in our community”.
Working collaboratively with Uniting and The Department of Housing, the first six weeks of the program has seen the HoTS team help ten people who had been sleeping rough on the Central Coast into temporary housing. Another person has been able to secure permanent housing through the help from the HoTS team. Our CEO, Michelle Bradbury says “We are proud of the fact that in the first month of the program our team have been able to help eleven people find accommodation. That is eleven people who have taken the first step to achieving their goals.”
As well as supporting the homeless with clinical care including health assessments and primary care services, the HoTS Outreach team works to connect the people they encounter with other local support services. This function has proved to be most important at this time when the impact of COVID-19 has led to a decrease in supports and services available in the community.
The HoTS team are taking reasonable precautions during this time to ensure social distancing measures and are committed to the health and wellbeing of all people they encounter. They will continue to deliver their outreach work to ensure vulnerable people in our community are not left behind.