Shoalhaven News

Wesley Centre may once again be opened this winter as a homeless shelter

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The Wesley Centre may be opened again this winter as a shelter for the regions homeless with no sign of a permanent facility anytime soon.

Salt Ministries were kept busy last year with volunteers working around the clock to convert the Wesley Centre into a sleeping quarters complete with hot meals and activities, while shower and bathroom facilities were also provided off site.

John Purcell house which opened around 10 weeks ago to provide accommodation for homeless men has also been packed to capacity.

With only 17 beds, David Simister says they’re struggling to keep up with demand.

"It's close to an epidemic, we're the only men's homeless service from Wollongong right down to the Victorian border", Mr Simister said.

"It's a huge problem, they say within this region there's 200 to 250 homeless people per night so that's not good by any stretch of the imagination", he said.

Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley says sadly she does not expect a permanent facility to be found in time for winter.

"What I'm looking at doing in the not so distant future is looking at some of the residential properties that council recently bought and seeing if they can be brought into the mix and used as part of the solutions for the winter", Councillor Findley said.

Council will also continue to support Salt Ministries with their efforts to provide temporary accommodation to those in need.