THE NSW Upper House has requested the Liberal Government release all documents relating to the Going Home, Staying Home tender process, following community concern over the closure of many specialist homelessness shelters as a result of the new process.
Locally, the Going Home, Staying Home (GHSH) tender process has seen the management of the Bega Women’s Refuge change and its temporary closure.
When the results of the GHSH tenders were announced earlier this year, 336 specialist homelessness services were consolidated into 149 new service packages led by 69 non-government organisations, forcing many well-established services to close their doors.
“This move to force the Liberals to release all documents is a clear win for all concerned – finally the lid will be lifted on this botched process,” Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Linda Burney said.
“They said services would not change, despite the new service providers.
“But we know that in some areas, shelters are no longer open 24 hours a day, or have simply closed all together.
“It’s about time we got to the bottom of this bungled process once and for all.”
Shadow Minister for Women Sophie Cotsis said, “This is a victory for transparency and accountability. This botched tender process saw specialist services close, over 400 job losses, and a loss of accessible refuges in regional areas.”
“These documents will also greatly assist the Ombudsman in his review.”