Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre is one of MPF’s most significant partners, providing front line support to over 4,000 individuals every year with emergency relief by way of food, utility payments and referrals to co-located services.
With MPF’s support of CLASP (Coordinating Local Agencies on the Southern Peninsula), the gulf in services with respect to housing and homelessness became too stark to avoid, despite the limited resources SPCSIC works with.
As a result of these unmet needs in this area where homelessness rates are estimated to be ten times the national rate, SPCSIC formed a partnership with MP Shire Youth Services and started an outreach program to rough sleepers on the Rosebud foreshore.
One year on, the program has proven the demand is high for services to meet the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness but that the provision of such services by way of a renovated toilet block is far from ideal. While MP Shire has assisted with the installation of two showers, a washing machine and dryer, the difficulties experienced in operating from this site are steering the organisation towards a more sustainable model.
There is great potential to build on the learnings of the program to date. MPF will work closely with SPCSIC and MP Shire to create a means of meeting these needs in collaboration with other services equally dedicated to these issues.