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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Code blue activated for homeless

A Code Blue extreme winter weather response for people sleeping rough in regional South Australia has been activated through to Friday due to forecast prolonged cold temperatures.

During a Code Blue activation, Housing South Australia, together with its non-government partners, makes additional accommodation available for extended hours for people sleeping rough.

The Code Blue applies for Murray Bridge, the Riverland, Mount Gambier, Port Pirie, Whyalla, Kadina and Clare.

The government has advised that people sleeping rough in these areas should contact the 24/7 Homelessness Gateway on 1800 003 308 for assistance.

“Predicted cold weather in the regions is expected to reach below five degrees for five nights or more and that’s why we, together with our homelessness partners, will be activating a Code Blue tonight until Friday,” said Minister for Human Services, Michelle Lensink.

“People who are experiencing homelessness in these regions and need assistance to take shelter from these conditions can call the Homelessness Gateway on 1800 003 308. This number operates 24/7, every day of the year.”

Minister Lensink said a substantial number of people experiencing homelessness were still in motel rooms as part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s coronavirus pandemic response.

“Supporting South Australians into safe, secure and stable long-term housing is our continued aim and we are committed to helping people into a range of housing options following their stay in motels,” said Ms Lensink.

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