Mobile free food services policy
Coordinating homelessness support organisations
The mobile free food services policy and voluntary accord aims to coordinate homeless support groups in the local area. The policy and accord is aimed at the organisations that provide food and companionship to people who are homeless in the inner-city.
An objective of the program is to make sure these support organisations are aware of each other and meet need across the local area not limited to certain ‘hot spots’. The organisations and their volunteers are supported by the City to operate responsibly within ethical and regulatory frameworks.
Some other aims of the program involve:
- giving volunteers access to information to help people exit homelessness
- linking the organisations into the broader homelessness service network
- providing assistance from the City through community grants
- safety assessments in the areas where groups operate
- coordination with the City’s waste and cleansing teams.
To assist with coordination, current and new services are asked to register with the City. Registration details are shared with relevant City teams, homelessness service providers, other food service operators and vulnerable people within the local area to ensure they can access those services. Operators who register can receive information about upcoming grant opportunities, policies and services as well as interagency meetings.
Maps, service registration form and further policy and accord information are available to download at the end of this page.
Local homelessness support groups
There are at least 15 of these support groups operating within the local area. Many of them travel into the inner-city from wider metropolitan Sydney to help people in the local area. Most of the services operate after hours or during weekends when many mainstream services are not available.
They represent a unique opportunity to connect with vulnerable and at risk people who may not be accessing other support services. Although rarely linked to formal service networks, they are an important part of the support available to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Homelessness Project Coordinator
02 9265 email@example.com
Last updated: Wednesday, 15 May 2013