Food and Housing

Did you know at any given time, approximately 21,600 Illawarra residents face food insecurity, meaning they are not able to access food that meets their health and cultural needs? Meanwhile, tonnes of edible food end up in landfill every week.


Food Fairness Illawarra is calling all (food) businesses of the Illawarra to start donating their surplus food to one of the local food rescue and relief organisations. 

Saving quality excess food will not only save the environment and reduce waste disposal costs, but greatly assist the people in our community that need it!

How you can help:

Food and Housing

Bushfire Housing Assistance – Southern NSW and South Coast

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) has now transitioned bushfire housing assistance in Illawarra Shoalhaven and Southern NSW to our local Housing team, and the dedicated Bushfire Housing Assistance Response Team (BHART) has finished up, having assisted over 350 households since January. Those clients needing continuing assistance or support have been handed over to DCJ District Housing staff or a Bushfire Recovery Support Service.

Policies and housing products and services for bushfire-impacted clients remain unchanged, as does their access to support through DCJ and other bushfire recovery services. Referral pathways for housing assistance via Service NSW, the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line, the Housing Contact Centre, Local Housing Offices and mailbox remain unchanged for clients and service providers in Southern NSW and the South Coast.

The key number for referrals for housing assistance is the Housing Contact Centre 1800 422 322 or via your local  DCJ Housing or Southern Cross Housing office.