Non-funding of Rumbalara Youth Refuge may be an error

Gosford Council has agreed to urgently contact the NSW Minister for Social Services to reinstate funding to continue the operation of Rumbalara Youth Refuge as part of Coast Shelter.

The refuge provides beds, shelter support and advice to homeless young people. The building, which was purpose built for the program in 1984 by council, has been run continuously since that time. Cr Vicki Scott said the refuge’s success has been outstanding and has been supported by the community.

Run as part of Coast Shelter, the program missed out on funding in the recent Going Home Staying Home Review carried out by the State Government. “While Rumbalara is the only such program for youth on the Central Coast, it missed out on the funding simply because the building doesn’t belong to the NSW Department of Housing,’ said Cr Scott in her report to council.

Gosford Council Agenda
UM.3, 24 Jun 2014