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Collapse Issue 481 - 28 Oct 2019Issue 481 - 28 Oct 2019
Collapse  NEWS NEWS
New Woy Woy wharf plans announced
Bowling club celebrates Kitty's birthday
Plans for new Umina Mall 'shovel-ready', says owner
Month-long consultation about Woy Woy
Man dies following head-on crash
Workshop about planning for emergencies
Secure housing found for homeless people
Work begins on Hillview St nursing home
Proposal submitted for oval facilities
Council meeting proposed to answer resident questions
Proposal for four townhouses in Allfield Rd
Five townhouses approved under delegation
Council staff urge refusal of four-storey development
Amended fence plans approved for Wards Hill Rd
Construction certificate issued for group home
Vietname Vets receive support grant
New seismic testing film to be screened at Everglades
CWA branch visits guide dogs centre
Man charged over armed robberies
Awards for pride of workmanship
New aged care activity
Vintage craft picnic
Hospital staff dress colourfully
Mobile farm visits Umina
Pensioners may benefit from free solar power
Business wins travel industry award
Business award for outstanding employer
Food pick-up available through online app
Thanks for the coverage
Place phone tower in car park
Skill shortage remains a joke
Any reason for having to dredge of Lobster Beach?
The costs of dredging
Mallard ducks have disappeared
Let's have reasoned debate, not unsubstantiated slurs
A glimpse of the future
Woy Woy student helps children's hospital
Hospital delivers produce boxes
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Blues festival accessible only by water
Marion crowned Reciter of the Year
Free open air screening
Backyard concert will feature American singer
Play tells of East German survival
Two students among top three writers
Student leaders deliver care packs
Donations of toiletries wanted
Olympian meets with sports students
First victory for women's cricket team
Bailey wins medals in bowls championships
Pelicans win medals in State championships
Men's pairs champions
Swimming club recognises life members with plaque
Surf club members meet Prince Edward
Southern Spirit struggles after strong start
Junior futsal starts
Free training for disabled surfer volunteers
Peninsula Ducks start softball season

Secure housing found for homeless people

More than 30 people who had been sleeping rough in a tent city at Woy Woy Oval or on the waterfront reserve, nearby parks and laneways, have moved into secure housing in the last few weeks.

St Vinnies at Woy Woy worked with the State Government departments in charge of social housing and joined forces with Baptist Care and Catholic Care's Mary Mac in Woy Woy to tackle the problem.

Woy Woy Vinnies client support officer Ms Nikki Willmette said there had been a lot of tears as homeless people had found a place to call home.

The major message from these people had been a "thank you" for not judging them.

Ms Willmette said first the people were offered temporary accommodation and during that time, the services worked with them.

Barriers that needed overcoming were lack of identification that often happened when someone became homeless, debt problems, drug and alcohol issues and mental health.

Ms Willmette said the only department that hadn't come on board to help was the department of mental health which said it was operating at full capacity.

After weeks in temporary accommodation about 30 people have now moved into either private rental, share accommodation or social housing.

Statistics show the current waiting time for a one-bedroom or 4 or bedroom social housing property in Gosford and Woy Woy is more than 10 years.

For homes with two to three bedrooms, it is a five to 10 year wait.

Ms Willmette said Vinnies offered support to people living in poverty and at risk of homelessness through various local shops and services.

"People seeking support are welcome to drop into our shops to access referrals to services, as well as vouchers for clothes and furniture," she said.

Vinnies Shops are at Woy Woy and Umina Beach.

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