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It’s tragic and wrong on every level but true. When the NSW Government announces tenders for homeless services this month, there will be mass closures of women’s refuges. 40 years of hard, solid work housing women and children and working together to re-establish lives and getting people out of homelessness and into living stable healthy lives will be finished, gone, done. Many of Sydney’s specialist refuges will close and others around NSW are also being affected. This is because the women-only services were not able to tender as women-only, and the tenders did not allow for their specialisation and client numbers. Women-only specialist services for women who are homeless due to mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency, childhood sexual abuse and leaving custody are particularly affected and will be closing.
It’s a drizzly day in Sydney, aka a ‘perfect’ day to write emails to Members of Parliament (if you’ve not done so already), and to get get your friends and colleagues to send emails too. We need to let the Government know that women’s services are necessary and that the tender process has excluded them from continuing. Everything you need to get started is here: www.soswomensservices.com/campaign-resources/