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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TAAS services saved by federal minister

National Shelter media release — 3 October 2012

National Shelter congratulates the federal government for providing 3.3 million dollars to enable the Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service to continue in Queensland.

In a statement today the Gillard Government announced they will provide emergency funding for the Queensland TAAS until June 2013.

The tenants’ services would otherwise have closed this month, after their funding had been cut by the state government in July.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, is pleased to see the federal

Survey crack in Labor’s halving homelessness dream

National Shelter media release — 15 August 2011

It is expected this year’s Census will show a dramatic decrease in Australia’s homelessness population, but community sector research reveals a different reality.

The latest Community Sector Survey by the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) shows homelessness and housing service providers are busier than ever.

Key outcomes from the survey include :

  • 21% of all service providers experience the greatest increase in demand from the area of housing and homelessness
  • 22% of service providers turned away the