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 will apply to the Adelaide metropolitan area as well as 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. Code Blue activations ensure there is shelter and services available overnight for rough sleepers during extreme winter weather conditions.
Specific conditions are needed in order to activate a Code Blue. These triggers are reviewed in consultation with local homelessness services.
The Homelessness Gateway is available to offer assistance 24/7, year round. Anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness is encouraged to contact the gateway at any time on 1800 003 308.