Big challenge for CareSouth

CARESOUTH chief executive officer Deb Tozer said the requirements placed on the successful tenderers as part of the state government’s Going Home Staying Home reforms are likely to be “challenging”. 

CareSouth was awarded the youth tender to continue its Shoalhaven Youth Homelessness Support Service (SHS), with Shoalhaven Youth Accommodation, which had been operating in the area for 30 years, missing out.

The NSW Department of Community and Family Services (FACS) made the announcement last Friday but has not released further information on the contracting and transition process. 

“We are delighted to have been successful in our application and welcome the necessary reforms, but the requirements will be challenging,” Ms Tozer said.

“We are yet to see how that works but are well equipped to embrace this new era for our services.”

CareSouth was founded in the Shoalhaven in 1992, in response to the need for a dedicated care organisation and specifically in support of local youth accommodation services. 

Run by a voluntary board of directors, CareSouth’s head office is in the Shoalhaven with services operating across the Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands and Western NSW.

“CareSouth takes a holistic, client centred approach to specialist youth homelessness services,” she said.

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