30/01/2020 | Michelle Lensink MLC

People sleeping rough will be able to access extra services today as a state-wide Code Red is activated due to the forecast extreme heat.

The Housing Authority has activated a Code Red across South Australia for today, Thursday, 30 January.

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 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.”

The following homelessness agencies will extend operating hours from today: * Westcare (Baptist Care SA) located at 11/19 Millers Ct Adelaide, will extend its hours until 8pm tonight.

* Trace-A-Place (SYC) located 135 Currie Street Adelaide, will extend its hours until 7pm tonight.

* Hutt Street Centre located at 257 Hutt Street, will extend its hours to 5pm tonight.

* Street to Home will be providing additional outreach services to people rough sleeping throughout this period.

In regional areas, homelessness agencies will provide services to people who need help during the extreme heat.

The Homelessness Gateway Service will continue to operate 24/7. Anyone who is rough sleeping is encouraged to contact the Homelessness Gateway on 1800 003 308.