TURNBULL MUST END UNCERTAINTY ON HOMELESSNESS FUNDING

3 Nov 2016

Speaking at the Hutt St Centre in central Adelaide, Senator Doug Cameron and SA Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison called on the Turnbull Government to end the uncertainty surrounding homelessness funding.

Speaking at the Hutt St Centre in central Adelaide, Senator Doug Cameron and SA Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison called on the Turnbull Government to end the uncertainty surrounding homelessness funding. 

“The Turnbull Government must commit to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) or services for the most vulnerable South Australians will be dramatically reduced,” said Senator Cameron.

The NPAH agreement, which makes up about one third of $60 million spent on homelessness in South Australia each year, is due to expire on June 30 next year.

Included in this funding is crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing family violence. Around 40 providers coordinate 75 programs across the State, including three telephone gateway services.

The gateways link clients to crisis housing and supports. These include the St Vincent de Paul Men’s Homelessness Accommodation Service for single adult males, Catherine House for single adult women and Youth 110 for young people between 16 and 21 years.

“By failing to commit to funding NPAH beyond June 2017, the Turnbull Government places homelessness service providers and people experiencing homelessness under enormous pressure,” said Senator Cameron.

“Service providers report being forced to turn clients away because they cannot be sure they will be able to look after their needs beyond June 2017. They cannot plan beyond June 2017, and that makes retaining staff and premises very difficult.

“It is time for the Turnbull Government to take action on this growing problem by funding NPAH beyond June 2017.

“The Turnbull Government is too chaotic, too busy fighting itself and lurching from one crisis to the next to deal with serious issues like homelessness and housing affordability,” said Senator Cameron.

THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2016