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Unfinished business in National Homelessness Week

Aug 4, 2016, 09:10 AM by Anglicare Australia

Media Release | 4 August, 2016

Anglicare Australia has reiterated its call during National Homelessness Week for federal and state governments to work together to halve homelessness by 2025.

During the election campaign, Anglicare Australia joined with a number of homelessness service providers to campaign for homelessness to be high on the agenda of a new government.

While both the ALP and the Greens responded positively to this call, Australians are still waiting on such a commitment from the Turnbull Government.

Acting Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Roland Manderson described the lack of a target on combatting homelessness as unfinished business. 

“While federal and state governments have recognised homelessness as a pressing issue in the past, the funding agreement between them – the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) –   runs out next June.”

“If there’s going to be a new  and better agreement between state and federal governments then they need to start talking now with each other, with the service providers, and with people at risk of homelessness themselves”, he said.

“On any given night over 100,000 Australians are homeless. Each year, more than 200,000 people seek help from homelessness services. People remain trapped in homelessness because there’s neither the support nor the homes available.”

“Strategies that unlock affordable housing have to be part of the conversation if we are to address and prevent homelessness. The terrible shortage of secure affordable housing puts far too many Australians at risk of homelessness.”

“We can solve the problem, but we need a national plan. National Homelessness Week is the right time for the new government to show that it is serious about putting long term plans in place: Let’s halve homelessness by 2025."

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