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Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Cost of Living

April 2, 2024

This joint submission to the Select Committee on Cost of Living from Homelessness Australia, the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), and National Shelter highlights the impact of the housing crisis on households and calls for increased investment in social housing and increased income support.

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Housing crisis: homelessness emergency

December 7, 2023

Relentless rent increases and record low vacancy rates are driving more Australians into homelessness and services are unable to keep up with demand. The latest data on use of homelessness services reveals a surge in demand for homelessness help in 2023. Meanwhile funding for homelessness services is falling behind the cost of inflation, and homelessness services face a funding cliff beyond June 2024. Housing crisis: homelessness emergency calls for an emergency funding boost for homelessness services in the MYEFO and for an increase in income support payments to prevent more people becoming homeless.

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Submission to the National Housing and Homelessness Plan

October 27, 2023

Homelessness Australia's Submission calls for transformational change to end homelessness within ten years and halve it within five by reorienting Government policy towards preventing homelessness. The changes proposed include investment to address unmet housing need and income adequacy, to strengthen mainstream services to provide support for children and families to thrive, legislative protections against homelessness, including a ‘duty to assist’ people at risk of homelessness, and a commitment to no exits to homelessness from government services. Homelessness Australia also calls for investment in homelessness services to provide the support people need to avoid or escape from homelessness and to sustain housing.

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Submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the worsening rental crisis in Australia

August 30, 2023

Homelessness Australia's submission outlines how the growing rental crisis is driving more people into homelessness. We call for greater investment in social and affordable housing to deliver homes that people on low and modest incomes can afford, increased income support, and for rent stabilisation measures to limit excessive rent rises.

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Key messages and submission guide – National Housing and Homelessness Plan

August 11, 2023

Homelessness Australia has developed a key messages and submission guide to inform submissions to the National Housing and Homelessness Plan. This Plan will be developed in 2023 and is expected to be released in 2024. It represents an enormously important opportunity to achieve the changes needed to end homelessness. But it could also be a disappointment.  To encourage the Government to develop a plan that includes the changes needed to end homelessness; we need you to contribute to the process and make powerful arguments for change.

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Budget Submission 2023-24

February 6, 2023

Homelessness Australia's Pre-Budget Submission calls for a $2 billion rapid-rehousing fund to immediately deliver 4,000-5,000 social housing properties, investment in a pipeline of social and Aboriginal community-controlled housing, and housing commitments for women and children fleeing violence, an increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance and working age social security payments, and a national program of Housing First supports. Homelessness Australia also calls on the Government to establish an expert homelessness advisory group including people with lived experience of homelessness, advocates and experts to shape the new National Housing and Homelessness Plan, along with a similar body for child and youth homelessness.

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Submission regarding the Housing Legislative Package

January 12, 2023

This Submission provides a response and recommendations for amendments to the Exposure Draft of the Housing Legislative package, including the Housing Australia Future Fund Bill, National Housing Supply and Affordability Council Bill, and the Treasury Laws (Housing Measures No. 1) Amendment Bill.

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Submission to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children

August 9, 2021

This submission provides recommendations to ensure that women and children escaping family and domestic violence have somewhere to go and are not forced into returning to a violent partner or homelessness.

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Submission into social services and legislation amendment

March 5, 2021

This submission highlights the significance of having an adequate income to afford housing costs is critical to preventing homelessness, especially during COVID-19.

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2021 Federal Budget Submission

February 22, 2021

This budget submission calls for investments to reduce homelessness in Australia by increasing income support payments, providing social housing to people unable to afford rent and by providing increased homelessness services and support to families facing homelessness.

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