Aid offered as Code Blue declared for Port Lincoln

Warmth offered as Code Blue declared

West Coast Youth and Community Support is getting ready to offer aid to those sleeping rough in Port Lincoln after a Code Blue was declared across regional South Australia for Wednesday evening.

Due to the very cold and wet forecast across the state, a Code Blue has been activated statewide from today through to Friday.

This has been activated for metropolitan Adelaide as well as regional areas including Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Whyalla, Port Pirie and Kangaroo Island.

During a Code Blue homelessness services visit known rough sleeper locations to check in on people and make them aware of the support available.

West Coast Youth and Community Support youth worker and case manager James Stockham said this was at least the third time the organisation had gone out to assist those sleeping rough.

"It's vital for our rough sleepers that we ensure their safety during rough weather," he said.

During a Code Blue activation, Housing SA, together with its non-government partners try makes additional accommodation available for extended hours for people sleeping rough.

Human Services Minister over the next few days temperatures were plummeting across South Australia and with forecast rain the Code Blue was activated until Friday.

"People who are experiencing homelessness in these regions and need assistance to take shelter from these conditions can call the Homelessness Gateway on 1800 003 308. This number operates 24/7, every day of the year," he said.

A criteria for Code Blue includes if conditions are forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology to continue for at least three days with any two of the following: temperatures dropping below an average night-time low of six degrees, significant rainfall and damaging wind or if conditions are forecast to continue for at least five days, when temperatures drop below an average night-time low of five degrees.