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Passage of housing reforms a strong step forward

September 11, 2023

The nation’s peak housing and homelessness bodies have strongly welcomed the agreement between Labor, the Greens and Cross bench to pass laws that establish the Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF).

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We need the National Housing and Homelessness Plan to set an aim to end homelessness 

August 7, 2023

As consultation on the National Housing and Homelessness Plan begins, Homelessness Australia calls on the Government to set a bold ambition to end homelessness.

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First nations women worst affected by the housing crisis

August 7, 2023

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait women and girls accessing specialist homelessness services has skyrocketed to a record high in the past five years, according to a new analysis that will be launched at Parliament House today to mark National Homelessness Week. In March 2023, the number of First Nations women and girls seeking help hit 16,535 per month - up 29 per cent from 12,808 in March 2018, according to the latest data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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Housing crisis is driving surging demand for homelessness services

August 4, 2023

A new analysis reveals surging demand for homelessness services as record low rental vacancies and soaring prices push thousands of Australian families to the brink. Between December and March, the number of people seeking homelessness assistance spiked 7.5 per cent, an extra 6,658 clients. Overstretched and overwhelmed: the strain on homelessness services was prepared to mark the start of Homelessness Week.

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First Nations people housing needs must be addressed

June 27, 2023

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up one-fifth of the nation’s homeless population on Census night despite accounting for only 3.8 per cent of the overall population, prompting calls for urgent investment to close the gap. Homelessness Australia and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Association are urging the Commonwealth to begin developing a pipeline of investment in Aboriginal community controlled housing at least at the level of the previous National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing.

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Social housing package must pass

June 19, 2023

Homelessness Australia together with the Community Housing Industry Association, National Shelter, Everybody's Home, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Association, the Property Council of Australia, and Industry Super Australia have thanked the parliamentarians who have strengthened the housing legislative package and called for it to be passed in this sitting of Parliament.

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Budget will help struggling renters but big challenges remain

May 9, 2023

The Federal Budget will put desperately needed dollars in the hands of struggling renters, which will provide some relief to their rental stress. But the huge challenge of inadequate supply of social housing and overstretched homelessness services remains to be addressed. 

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Stopping rising homelessness an urgent Budget priority

May 8, 2023

Homelessness Australia is urging the Federal Government to address surging homelessness and inadequate income support in tomorrow’s budget.

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Youth Allowance too low to afford surging rents

April 19, 2023

Young renters on youth allowance sharing a typical two bedroom flat have only $13 a day to cover food transport, medicine, utilities, and other costs, according to an alarming new analysis by Homelessness Australia. “We urgently need to lift Youth Allowance and Commonwealth Rent Assistance so young people have the income they need to avoid homelessness. By failing to act, we are condemning growing numbers of young people to homelessness and poverty."

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Homelessness funding security warmly welcomed

March 24, 2023

Homelessness Australia has strongly endorsed the Federal Government’s move to plug a $67.5 funding shortfall that has emerged in recent months.  Funding for the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) supplementation for homelessness services to cover the wages of the workforce was due to expire in June 2023, creating uncertainty for providers.  Kate Colvin, CEO of Homelessness Australia, applauded the Commonwealth for heeding the concerns of those working on the frontline of the housing crisis. “On behalf of everyone working to deliver homelessness support and security, we thank the government for listening to our concerns and taking action.”

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Hundreds of children sleeping rough as Census reveals homelessness surge

March 22, 2023

The latest Census data reveals 387 children were sleeping rough on Census night in 2021, as the overall number of people experiencing homelessness surged by five per cent. The Census data confounds stereotypes of homelessness. It finds 56 percent of people experiencing homelessness were women and children, 16 percent were over 55, and 14 per cent are young people aged 19-24. “These statistics are alarming but they need to do more than shock. They need to galvanise action,” Kate Colvin said.

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200 organisations call for action to stop cuts to homelessness help

March 7, 2023

The Federal Government plan to cut $65.5 million in funding from homelessness services from 1 July 2023. This is equivalent to around 650 homelessness workers around the country and will result in more people, including women and children fleeing family violence, from getting the help they need to avoid or escape homelessness.

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