FEDERAL LABOR WELCOMES VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT’S $109M HOMELESSNESS INVESTMENT – NOW TIME FOR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP

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15 Nov 2016

Federal Labor welcomes the announcement made by Premier Daniel Andrews that the Victorian Government will invest $109 million into homelessness support services and affordable housing.

Federal Labor welcomes the announcement made by Premier Daniel Andrews that the Victorian Government will invest $109 million into homelessness support services and affordable housing.

This funding investment and political leadership is in stark contrast to the inaction by the Turnbull Government, which is causing enormous concern in the homelessness sector by failing the service providers who work tirelessly for homeless people by not providing any long-term funding security for homelessness services.

Once again leadership is being left to Labor State Governments while the Federal Government is too consumed with internal division to take action to support the most vulnerable Australians.

The investment from Victoria highlights the cost to the community of failing to address homelessness.  A report by Sacred Heart Mission and analysis by the Council to Homeless Persons has found the yearly cost of not housing people with complex needs in Victoria is $17,591 per person per year.

The total cost to the Victorian taxpayer through the provision of additional health care and other services to rough-sleepers is $19 million a year.

Without action from the Turnbull Government to address negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions, the costs of housing unaffordability will continue to rise. If the Turnbull Government continues to deny long-term funding security, homelessness services will shut down and homeless people will be turned away.

It’s time the Turnbull Government did something concrete, as Victoria has done, to tackle the housing affordability crisis and growing homelessness.