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The State Government has advised the City of Whyalla that the first Code Blue response for homelessness services this winter has been issued.

People sleeping rough will be able to access extra services during wet and cold weather tonight (Wednesday 12 June), after the State Government declared a Code Blue response based on latest weather forecasts.

The Code Blue applies in Whyalla as well as the Adelaide metropolitan area, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Whyalla, the Fleurieu Peninsula (KI), Murray Bridge and the Riverland.

Housing SA and the Homelessness Gateway Service (Uniting Communities) can activate a Code Blue when heavy rain and strong wind makes sleeping unsheltered potentially dangerous, and difficult for rough sleepers to remain dry.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the Code Blue had been called due today’s forecast heavy rain and windy conditions.

“A Code Blue activation ensures there is shelter and services available overnight for rough sleepers during extreme winter weather conditions,”  Minister Lensink said.

“Given the predicted significant rainfall and strong winds today, it is appropriate to call a Code Blue response to give people sleeping rough some respite.

“Specific conditions are needed in order to activate a Code Blue and in August last year, the State Government reviewed the current Code Blue triggers in consultation with our local homelessness services.”

Housing SA, together with its non-government partners, is making additional accommodation available for extended hours. These services offer additional shelter.

The Homelessness Gateway Service will continue to operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness is encouraged to contact the Homelessness Gateway on 1800 003 308 or Housing SA on 131 299.

Minister for Lensink thanked the people working to help rough sleepers stay warm and safe.

“It is thanks to these services and the additional shelter provisions that we are able to help people keep warm and dry when they need it most in extreme winter weather,” she said.

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