A Code Blue extreme weather response will help people sleeping rough in parts of regional South Australia to access shelter during predicted cold overnight conditions for the next few days.
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the Code Blue had been activated to help people sleeping rough in the affected regions from today until Monday 24 June.
“Given the predicted cold overnight temperatures, a Code Blue has been called by the SA Housing Authority in conjunction with the Homelessness Gateway Service in these areas to assist those who need it,” said Minister Lensink. The affected areas include Berri, Ceduna, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Whyalla.
“For people sleeping rough in these regional areas over the next few days, the Homelessness Gateway Service on 1800 003 308 can help find shelter if you need assistance,” said Minister Lensink.
The Homelessness gateway operates 24/7 every day of the year. Anyone experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in encouraged to call the Gateway at any time.
Minister Michelle Lensink thanked the people working to help rough sleepers stay warm and safe.
“It is thanks to the continued work of these services that some of the most vulnerable people in our community can stay warm in extreme winter weather,” said Minister Lensink.
“People sleeping rough are vulnerable, which is why I encourage people to connect with homelessness service providers.”
As recently as 5 June, homelessness services reconfirmed the current criteria and parameters as sufficient for activating a Code Blue.