In response to the current cold conditions, the State Government has activated its Code Blue emergency winter response for people sleeping rough across the state.
The Code Blue activation ensures there is shelter available overnight for rough sleepers during extreme winter weather conditions.
Housing SA, together with its non-government partners, is making additional accommodation available for extended hours across the state tonight and tomorrow night, due to the severe weather.
In the Adelaide CBD, shelter will be available at: • Westcare Centre at 11/19 Millers Crescent, Adelaide from 5pm to 7am Friday morning and then from 5pm on Friday until 7am Saturday morning. • The Hutt St Centre will be open from 7am to 5pm tomorrow.
The Street to Home homeless outreach service in metropolitan Adelaide will monitor people sleeping rough in the city to advise them where to go to find shelter and organise to the centre transport if required. Housing SA will work with its regional partners to endure shelter and outreach services are available during the Code Blue.
Information about regional arrangements and emergency accommodation is available through the South Australia’s Homelessness Gateway phone 1800 003 308. People who are sleeping rough, or people assisting them, can phone the gateway at any time.
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said extreme cold weather like that predicted today could be dangerous for rough sleepers.
“I urge anyone who is sleeping rough to go to the Westcare Centre or contact the Homeless Gateway to keep out of the cold weather and stay dry and warm,” Ms Lensink said.
Today’s Code Blue activation is the first Code Blue for 2018.
The Department activates a Code Blue when temperatures drop below an average nighttime low of 6°C, when gusty winds make being unsheltered potentially dangerous, or heavy rainfall makes it difficult for unsheltered people to stay dry.