Help for Geelong's 'rough sleepers'

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Teams of outreach workers will patrol homeless hotspots across Geelong as part of a 'rough sleepers’ package being rolled out by the State Government to better support vulnerable Victorians.

The $17 million package includes seven new modular homes to be built in Norlane, an area of high need.

Under the new program, foot patrols of outreach workers will provide tailored and targeted support to people sleeping rough and help direct them to emergency accommodation and ongoing support.

Meanwhile supportive housing teams will focus on ongoing solutions that get people off the streets and keep them in housing, helping with short to medium-term accommodation options and rental subsidies.

Mental health service Neami National will manage the seven modular homes in Norlane.

The package is part of the State Government’s $45 million Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan.