The nights are becoming colder and the need for shelter is becoming stronger to ensure the warmth and safety of Lithgow's homeless people.
Lithgow Uniting Church Minister Rev Matt Trounce said there was an existing number of homeless people in the community and not enough support.
"I'm aware there are a few homeless people around town especially with Lithgow being at the end of the train line people end up here stranded.
"We use to get a lot of knocks on the door from people that were stuck so we'd try and find a solution for a night or two but that's kind of our limit at the moment, which shows there is a need," he said.
Rev Trounce has been in discussions with Lithgow's partner church in Bathurst to get a United Safe Space (USS) set up like the one that's facilitated up there.
"The idea is to take what they're doing up there and set something like that up here," he said.
Bathurst currently runs a USS over 16 weeks from May to October to ensure their vulnerable community members have somewhere safe and warm to go especially on the colder nights.
"Some people are washing clothes and linen, other people are cooking up meals and there is a supervisor on every night, it's all about networking," Rev Trounce said.
He said he has discussed the idea with other community groups in Lithgow about how a permanent USS might work.
"We've walked through our centre here and thought about how we can rearrange things and if we could find a dedicated space or if there is another place in town to set up a USS," he said.
Rev Trounce said he planned to talk more with Bathurst in order to get an idea on how they have organised things.
"I think people would be all for it if we found a space, we could have a permanent spot for beds, meals for them, somewhere to shower and another sort of food bank or soup kitchen would be an ideal set up," he said.
He said it was too late in the year to have something set up for this Winter but was hopeful to get a USS up and running in the future.
"We will get an idea of what's possible, who's interested and where we might be able to do it and go from there," he said.
Rev Trounce said it was important to ensure the safety of homeless people not only from the weather, but also from being exposed somewhere they may get hurt.
"There is nowhere for them to go really, which shows there is a need to help those who sleep rough and ensure they have a safe space to go," he said.
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