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Homeless? Call 1800 176 468

By 1 November 2010 2

Housing and Community Services Minister Joy Burch has announced the launch of the First Point hotline for the ACT’s Central Intake Service for Homelessness.

“First Point will provide a single access point to the ACT homelessness system ensuring that clients do not have to make multiple calls to get the services they need,” Ms Burch said.

The service will place clients in accommodation and support vacancies in the ACT homelessness service system as well as facilitate access to other support mechanisms such as financial material aid.

“As well as improving timeframes for assistance, this initiative is about providing a connected, integrated and responsive service for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”

The service will be operated by Connections ACT (formally known as the Canberra Fathers and Children Service) at a cost of $2.8 million over four years provided by the Australian and ACT Governments.

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2 Responses to Homeless? Call 1800 176 468
#1
Reprobate4:36 pm, 01 Nov 10

Can I get business cards made up with this number on it to hand out to the increasing number of seagulls (not birds) on our streets?

#2
MWF7:49 pm, 01 Nov 10

“The service will place clients in accommodation and support vacancies in the ACT homelessness service system as well as facilitate access to other support mechanisms such as financial material aid.”

Let me parapahrase:

“…the service will place clients ‘in the system’”. Oh yay. Another system…….

Let me guess:

The place allocated to the clients will be based on a very restrictive criteria which will eventually fail because it isn’t designed to acknowledge a client’s individual circumstances.

Just like elective surgery waiting lists, only warm and fuzzy!

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