Help to deal with the unexpected

Imagine finding yourself without a place to call home. Unexpected and daunting and, unfortunately, it's an experience that many in our community have to face through no fault of their own, at a time of emotional crisis.

Where to find help can be very challenging.

To help those faced with this situation, a new app, USB card and booklet produced by Southern Cross Community Housing (SCCH) with funding received from a Mission Australia project to assist Homelessness, has been produced and is being made available.

"Path 2 Home" - phone apps, USB card and the booklets have been produced to cover the Cooma, Jindabyne, Bombala and Eurobodalla areas.

They were "launched" in Cooma by Mayor Dean Lynch on Wednesday.

These tools will assist those looking for services to find them - services such as support agencies, counselling, free showers, toilets, laundry facilities, food banks, free or low cost meals, food parcels or a bed for the night.

The phone app is understood to be a first in addressing homelessness and it will be linked to other support apps and updated on a monthly basis.

The USB card and phone app also contains a relaunched DVD "No Direction Home" produced by SCCH and AMB Productions with the involvement of local youth. The DVD highlights the difficulties of being homeless from the youth perspective.

The tools are also available to all support services to assist in coordinating local services, and they will distributed widely. Anyone wishing to access the tools can also contact SCCH.

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