Vital services in Nelson Bay thrown lifeline.

YACAABA Centre funding worries have been eased somewhat following news the service's contract with the NSW Government has been extended until 2017.

The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) announced on February 27 that the Nelson Bay centre would have its Service Support Fund (SSF) contract continued up until June 30, 2017.

"This news has given us a little reprieve," Yacaaba Centre director Lynn Vatner said.

"In line with other donations, this funding virtually means our doors are guaranteed to be open for at least another two and a half years."

As part of the Going Home Staying Home reforms, the SSF was established for organisations unsuccessful in tendering for the new specialist homelessness services.

In August 2014 the Yacaaba Centre received $200,000 through SSF to continue providing its services for a further 18 months.

The contract renewal would mean the centre would receive $240,000 to continue providing case management, information, advice, referral and specialised counselling services for the homeless, at-risk and vulnerable.

The Yacaaba Centre was one of two organisations in the Hunter New England district to have its SSF contract renewed.

Ready to fight: Yacaaba Centre director Lynn Vatner with management committee chairwoman Sue Platcher. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Ready to fight: Yacaaba Centre director Lynn Vatner with management committee chairwoman Sue Platcher. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

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