HOMELESSNESS CRISIS HURTING WESTERN SYDNEY

12 Oct 2016

Federal Member for Lindsay, Emma Husar, met with Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Senator Doug Cameron, yesterday to discuss the homelessness crisis in Western Sydney.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICESHIPS

SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

 

EMMA HUSAR MP

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR LINDSAY

 

HOMELESSNESS CRISIS HURTING WESTERN SYDNEY

Federal Member for Lindsay, Emma Husar, met with Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Senator Doug Cameron, yesterday to discuss the homelessness crisis in Western Sydney.

Ms Husar spoke with Senator Cameron about the local impacts of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to crisis accommodation services as well as the Government’s decision to cut funding from Homelessness Australia, National Shelter and the Community Housing Federation of Australia which all serve important advocacy and policy functions.

Ms Husar and Senator Cameron met following Labor’s homelessness policy roundtable held last week with more than 20 homelessness and housing sector representatives.

Quotes attributable to Senator Cameron:

“There should be no higher priority for government than ensuring people have decent shelter. Unfortunately the Turnbull Government has completely taken its eyes off the ball on this issue, and as a result homelessness in Western Sydney is getting worse.”

“No Minister for Housing and Homelessness has been appointed and no action has been taken to provide long-term funding certainty to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness which will expire in June 2017. The Turnbull government’s refusal to provide certainty to the sector is creating havoc among service providers and advocates for people experiencing homelessness.”

“The Turnbull Government’s record on homelessness policy has been one of neglect and indifference and the results are showing up in the surge in people experiencing homelessness and housing stress.”

Quotes attributable to Emma Husar MP:

“The Turnbull Government’s cuts to homelessness services are increasing the likelihood of homelessness in Western Sydney, and these cuts are made worse by the NSW Baird Government closing 80 homelessness services across the state under its ‘Going Home, Staying Home’ policy.”

“Under the state and federal Coalition governments, resources to assist women and children in emergency situations or those at risk of homelessness are being drastically cut while the problem is getting worse.”

“Malcolm Turnbull and Mike Baird must act to fix our homelessness crisis by reversing the funding cuts, reopening shelters across the region and by prioritising adequate supply of affordable housing for people on low incomes.”

Since 2013, the Abbott and Turnbull governments have:

• Refused to provide funding certainty through the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.

• Closed the National Rental Affordability Scheme that provided over 20,000 new affordable housing units and was on track to achieve its target of 50,000.

• Inexplicably cut funding to Homelessness Australia, National Shelter and the Community Housing Federation of Australia, presumably to reduce the effectiveness of their advocacy and policy functions.

• Cut $44 million in capital funding for crisis accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

• Abolished the National Housing Supply Council and the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness.

 

WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER 2016