Imperative state and territories match federal government’s homelessness funding

National Shelter media release — 18 March 2013

National Shelter has welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to ending homelessness by providing up to $159 million to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness for one year.

Chair of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, has applauded the federal government’s pledge, and called for the states and territories to provide the matching funding needed to maintain momentum to address homelessness.  

'The 2008 white paper on homelessness, The road home, created a renewed focus on ending homelessness.  

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Commonwealth offer of transitional homelessness funding for one year

On 3 March 2013, Mark Butler, MP, Commonwealth Minister for Housing and Homelessness, announced that the Australian Government will offer $159 million towards a transitional funding arrangement under a National Partnership on Homelessness for 2013–14, to be matched by states and territories. This will include funding for homelessness services and for capital projects to help people move from homelessness into housing. 

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Sole parenting payment cuts could make families homeless

National Shelter media release — 5 March 2013

Housing policy peak National Shelter has warned that the changes to sole parenting payments will force more families into housing stress and homelessness.

National Shelter Chairperson Adrian Pisarski said that sole parent families face the double challenge of unaffordable rents and discrimination in the private rental market.  

‘Eroding the income of sole parents undermines their ability to house their children’, Mr Pisarski said. 

‘The Government’s white paper on homelessness in 2008, The road home, highlighted the

National Shelter’s five principles for redeveloping social housing

National Shelter media release — 21 January 2013  

Housing policy peak National Shelter has challenged governments planning redevelopments of social housing sites to adopt five principles.

Chairperson of National Shelter Adrian Pisarski said that National Shelter’s support for redevelopment of social housing sites, such as Fitzroy, was conditional on:

  • A net gain in social housing stock   
  • Clear communication plans to minimise confusion and fear for tenants
  • Meaningful consultation with social housing tenants and the broader community throughout the process
  • Improving community facilities and retaining green space
  • Relocation

Festive season stress for low-income households

National Shelter media release — 7 December 2012

Housing peak National Shelter is alarmed but not surprised by the most recent figures on housing stress, showing low-income households will suffer more than ever this holiday season.

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Housing assistance in Australia 2012, revealed that in 2010, 17% of all households were in housing stress, jumping from 14% in 1995.

The report also revealed that the number of households in severe housing stress (spending more

National Mental Health Commission report highlights access to housing

The National Mental Health Commission released its first report card on mental health and suicide prevention on November 27. Its recommendations include that no-one should be discharged from hospitals, custodial care, mental health, or drug and alcohol-related treatment services into homelessness, and that access to stable and safe places to live must increase for people living with mental health issues. Read the report card.

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New National Partnership on Homelessness to be negotiated

On November 16, the Council of Australian Governments Select Council on Housing and Homelessness agreed that the ministers would commence negotiations for a new National Partnership on Homelessness, subject to their Cabinet processes. The ministers also agreed to work on a one-year transitional partnership agreement for 2013–14 while the new agreement was being negotiated. Read the COAG Select Council on Housing and Homelessness communiqué.

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Challenge accepted! Housing peak thrilled at states’ NPA commitment

National Shelter media release — 16 November 2012

National housing peak National Shelter welcomes the commitment by states and territories to continue the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Homelessness for the next year.  

This commitment comes after today’s Select Council on Housing and Homelessness Ministers in Brisbane. 

The Select Council is comprised of federal minister Brendan O’Connor, and housing ministers from Australia’s states and territories.

Chair of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, says he is delighted with the result: ‘We are delighted to welcome the

Federal government commits to homelessness partnership

On 14 November 2012, the Commonwealth Government announced its commitment to provide half the funding for a new National Partnership on homelessness with the states and territories. The Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Brendan O’Connor, stated that in a speech at the National Press Club that the federal government was committed to providing half the funding for the next financial year, while a new agreement with matched funding from the states and territories was being negotiated. The minister stated that

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Onus now on states to meet O’Connor’s homelessness challenge

National Shelter media release —  14 November 2012

National housing peak National Shelter welcomes Minister O’Connor’s commitment to continue the National Partnership Agreement (NPA), on homelessness for the next year.  

This commitment comes ahead of the Select Council of Housing Ministers meeting in Brisbane on Friday, and firmly puts the focus on state government to match this commitment to ending homelessness in Australia.

The Select Council is comprised of federal Minister Brendan O’Connor, and housing ministers from Australia’s states and territories.

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