AN INITIATIVE which is being rolled out across regional Australia will help alleviate the burden placed on Gunnedah individuals experiencing sudden homelessness.
The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program will soon begin providing $250,000 in grants to 26 community groups across regional areas, especially those affected by recent bushfires.
The Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation is one of the recipients, receiving $15,000 to help with work on the ground to provide temporary emergency accommodation relief.
Gunida Gunyah's chief executive officer Jane Bender says the funding will provide a lot of families with support, particularly given the rise in domestic violence related cases due to the continued fallout from COVID-19.
"We quite often get inquiries from people - whether it be someone fleeing domestic violence or someone that's just lost their job, or their house - that are seeking very responsive overnight accommodation just to be safe or secure for that night or two and have a meal," she said.
"The funding that we have received from ANZ will enable us to provide a quicker response."
Gunida Gunyah are also launching a transitional housing program and ANZ are offering support workers to lend a hand.
The grant will not only contribute to the costs of food and basic necessities, but also the costs associated with having a support worker on call and available after hours and over the weekend to ensure the service is responsive and available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
The ANZ support staff will work to secure medium to long-term accommodation and help them access relevant community services and programs through client advocacy, referral and resources.
Ms Bender said the program was a great way to build a relationship with the local branch of the bank in Gunnedah, and also ANZ itself.
"I'm sure they bring some expertise to any volunteering role," she said.
"We're very pleased to receive the grant, it will help a lot of people, it will make a difference with on the ground work - it's not going to make a long-term difference to anybody's life but it's going to make sure that people are safe and secure."
Gunida Gunyah will be launching several new programs when the organisation moves to its new location at the Grand Elixxa Hotel premises on Conadilly Street, however the process is taking longer than anticipated with the development application still not approved by Gunnedah Shire Council.