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New project to stop indigenous families spiralling into homelessness.

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MEDIA RELEASE Senator Amanda Vanstone Minister for Family & Community Services Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women 63.03 20 June 2003 New Project To Stop Indigenous Families Spiralling Into Homelessness A new project in Adelaide’s northern suburbs will help stop Indigenous families from spiralling into homelessness. The project is called Wodlitinattoai (“So as not to be without a home”) is being launched today at Salisbury Centrelink. It is one of eight new Family Homelessness Prevention Pilots and is unique because it specifically focuses on the needs of Indigenous families. There are early-warning signs when families are at risk of becoming homeless. Families at risk tend to have high personal debt, rely on emergency relief assistance and often move from place to place. By identifying these indicators and intervening early, the spiral into homelessness can be broken. Centacare will receive $330,000 over two years from the Federal Government, to deliver the early intervention services for this project. Centacare was chosen because it is the highest performing Job Network provider in Adelaide for Indigenous customers and has strong links with other Indigenous providers. Centrelink is also providing staffing resources to provide intensive, high priority support to Indigenous families identified as being at risk of homelessness. With a large proportion of households on low incomes, relatively high unemployment and a high Indigenous population, Indigenous families in the northern suburbs will really benefit from this initiative. The eight pilot projects that are being implemented around Australia will identify and help 1,000 families at a high risk of becoming homeless. Minister’s Media Contact: Damon Hunt 0419 691 944