Code Blue for homeless over next few days

Extras services will be available to people sleeping rough in regional South Australia over the next few days as temperatures are predicted to plummet for at least three days.

The Code Blue applies to the towns of Murray Bridge, Port Augusta, Whyalla, Riverland and Mt Gambier.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said regional homelessness services would activate local Code Blue plans and those affected should contact the 24/7 Homelessness Gateway on 1800 003 308.

"Predicted cold weather in the regions is expected to reach below five degrees for five nights or more and that's why we, together with our homelessness partners, will be activating a Code Blue tonight," she said.

According to the Minister there were 195 homeless people placed in motel rooms as part of the State Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Supporting South Australians into safe, secure and stable long-term housing is our continued aim and we are committed to helping people into a range of housing options following their stay in motels."

During a Code Blue activation Housing SA, together with non-government partners, makes additional accommodation available for extended hours for people sleeping rough.

Currently Code Blue criteria includes:

  • Conditions predicted to continue for at least three days by BOM with any two of the following: temperatures dropping below an average night-time low of 6C, significant rainfall and damaging wind, or
  • Conditions predicted by BOM to continue for at least five days, when temperatures drop below an average night-time low of 5C.