Adelaide’s Medi-Hotel could be used as emergency winter accommodation

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The now empty Tom’s Court medi-hotel, run by SA Health, in Adelaide’s CBD is being investigated as a potential emergency accommodation facility.

Minister of Social Services Nat Cook revealed that the medi-hotel was a potential option following forecasts which showed the costs of emergency accommodation in hotel rooms for the homeless, including women and children fleeing domestic violence , will reach record levels.

On Monday, the South Australian state parliament was told taxpayers would be charged up to $10.7million, of which $550,000 is due to Covid housing issues.

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During the last fiscal year, emergency accommodation was requested 5,311 times, compared to 4,720 people during the previous fiscal year.

“There has been a significant leap in this area over the past few years.”

– Social Services Minister Nat Cook

“I think there is absolutely an acknowledgment that Covid has played a part in increasing this budget. It’s too much, too much and not good enough.

A review is also underway to explore more suitable housing options for women and children.

The Department of Human Services was hit with a $25 million budget cut, but frontline services were protected.

Opposition spokeswoman Jing Lee said the cuts and those threatening the department are “incredibly worrying”.

“Regarding, cuts to emergency and food relief, financial counseling, community centers, community youth justice and APY programs all remain on the table.”

“As we grapple with a cost of living crisis and more and more South Australians find themselves in vulnerable situations, it is crucial that those experiencing hardship have certainty and know that the services what they need is not at stake.”

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