HOMELESSNESS STUDY SAYS FUNDING CERTAINTY NEEDED – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL DRAGGING ITS HEELS

24 Nov 2016

An Australian Housing and Urban Research Unit (AHURI) research paper has found that homelessness services cannot meet current demand, and that future funding certainty is crucial if they are to continue providing services.

HOMELESSNESS STUDY SAYS FUNDING CERTAINTY NEEDED – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL DRAGGING ITS HEELS

An Australian Housing and Urban Research Unit (AHURI) research paper has found that homelessness services cannot meet current demand, and that future funding certainty is crucial if they are to continue providing services.

Labor and homelessness advocates and service providers have been campaigning for funding certainty under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) which is due to expire in June 2017.

AHURI’s Australian Homelessness Funding and Delivery Survey found that current levels of funding are estimated to be below levels required to meet client demand on homelessness services. Recurrent government funding is estimated to account for 84.6 per cent of funding received by Specialist Homelessness Services.

The key recommendation from the report was for “greater certainty around future government funding of homelessness services”.

The report also said:

“There is a need for stable government policy in the homelessness sector, assisting programs to be developed and implemented effectively with a longer term planning horizon…Government funding should be maintained to the homelessness sector and greater certainty should be provided by governments to long-term overall funding of the sector.” (p.89)

The report highlights the abject failures of the Turnbull Government. As rents in capital cities and regional centres are growing ever more unaffordable the Turnbull Government must take meaningful action to address housing stress, unaffordability, and ultimately homelessness.

Providing funding certainty for the overstretched homelessness services funded by the Federal Government under NPAH is the very least the Turnbull Government can do to begin addressing its years of failure in addressing homelessness.

THURSDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2016