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10 Years Of Helping Those In Need

Central Coast Connect Day.

10 Years Of Helping Those In Need Photo from last year's Connect Day.

Coasties struggling with the cost of living will get a much needed boost at Niagara Park Stadium today.

Committee Chair Bob Thomas says 70 services will be on hand to offer clothing, food, haircuts and help with government services like housing at the 10th annual Central Coast Connect Day.

"Everyone's only about two to four weeks away from homelessness," Mr Thomas says, "If you lose your job these days and you've got nothing in reserve, you could be homeless."

"We'll probably get about 2000 people come through the doors today. There are a lot of people out there doing it tough, and they've just started to do it tough so they don't have access to the services they need."

In related news, Central Coast Community Council's started up a new program in collaboration with a Charmhaven business to help struggling Coasties put a roof over their heads.

The Council's linking landlords and services with Sorensen Real Estate, waiving property charges for leasing fees and advertising materials in a bid to stop those at risk being turfed out onto the streets.

"The most recent stats from the Census identified there are 17,000 empty homes on the Central Coast," says Regional Development Officer Brad Wilson.

"If a landlord has a property that's not currently rented, then they engage Sorenson to do the property management, and the Sorenson will work with Uniting Doorways to find someone at risk of homelessness and get them into that property."

This week is Homelessness Matters Week.