|The Hon. Sophie Cotsis MLC, Ron Hoenig MP, Rabbi Mendel Kastel|
Jewish House, a not for profit organisation headed by Rabbi Mendel Kastel that provides crisis accommodation for homeless members of the community, has launched a novel and impressive program called "Project 2500" designed to help 2500 homeless over a 3 year period in Sydney's Inner City and Eastern Suburbs.
The Jewish House proposal was launched today at Parliament by its local member Gabrielle Upton MP. The launch was attended by Shadow Housing Minister, Sophie Cotsis MLC and a number of other of my parliamentary colleagues. The proposal is very unique. Through the engaging of PricewaterhouseCoopers a project plan was developed to demonstrate that an investment in $6.2 million would result in a potential savings to the state of NSW up to an estimated $243.2 million (minimum of $74.2 million) as a result in cost reductions in health, justice, welfare and eviction.
Did you know there were 105,000 people homeless on any given night? A 23% increase since 2006.
What makes this project so unique is that Jewish House is not just asking for money for the homeless. It has demonstrated even to the economic rationalists, that have infected every avenue of government activity in the modern political era, the immediate and tangible financial cost benefit to the government.
Congratulations Rabbi Kastel and the board of Jewish House you are an inspiration to us all.