22/01/2021 | Michelle Lensink MLC

Scorching hot weather across South Australia over the next few days has prompted a statewide Code Red response to provide additional services for people sleeping rough.

For metropolitan Adelaide the Housing Authority has activated a Code Red across South Australia from tonight, ending the morning of Monday January 25. For the regions, the Code Red begins tonight, ending the morning of Wednesday, January 27.

During a Code Red activation, Housing SA, together with its non-government partners, makes additional accommodation and services available for extended hours for people sleeping rough in the heat.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said increasing homelessness services was vital in the extreme heat.

“Keeping vulnerable South Australians safe and well in the extreme heat today is our priority,” said Minister Lensink.

“During a Code Red, agencies across Adelaide will extend their daytime operating hours to ensure people sleeping rough are keeping cool and well-hydrated during the extreme heat.

“I really urge the community to check on the elderly, people who live alone, with disability or mental illness and those who are housebound, frail and the aged.

“Anyone in the regions who needs support is urged to call the 24/7 Homeless Connect SA hotline and they will be connected with services.”

The following homelessness agencies will extend operating hours from today:

  • * Baptist Care’s Westcare Centre will be open 10am to 5pm Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January 2021. The Westcare Centre is located at 11/19 Millers Ct Adelaide.
  • Hutt St Centre will extend their operating hours until 5pm tomorrow night, Friday 22 January 2021.
  • SYC will extend their operating hours until 7pm tomorrow night, Friday 22 January 2021.
  • Street to Home will increase staffing levels and be engaging with people rough sleeping through street work throughout this period.

Anyone who is rough sleeping is encouraged to contact the Homeless Connect SA on 1800 003 308.