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Welcome measures in the Budget, but a proper plan still needed to make inroads into growing homelessness

May 16, 2024

Homelessness Australia has welcomed the increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance, the new federal state housing and homelessness agreement, and use of resources to create new homes for young people and women escaping violence, but expressed concern at the lack of First Nations housing investments outside of the NT, and the impact of not increasing income support.

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Services on the frontline of the housing crisis call on PM to increase income support and prevent rising homelessness

May 13, 2024

Over 40 organisations working at the frontlines of the homelessness and housing crisis have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister, urging increased income support in Tuesday’s Budget, as a new analysis reveals rapid rent hikes have eroded the value of income support increases in the 2023 Budget.

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Positive steps to respond to homelessness crisis

May 11, 2024

Homelessness Australia welcomes the new commitments to homelessness in the 2024 Budget and announced following Friday’s National Cabinet meeting.

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National Cabinet must commit to women’s safety by addressing the homelessness crisis

May 1, 2024

National Cabinet must today resolve to plug gaping holes in the housing and homelessness support available to women fleeing violence, amid widespread concerns a forthcoming national plan and new funding agreement will lack sufficient ambition and resources to provide safe homes.

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Young renters falling behind as rent rises outstrip income support increases

April 19, 2024

Young renters who receive income support in Perth are doing it tougher now than they were a year ago, despite receiving income support increases in the 2023 Budget, with other young renters grappling with a rental affordability crisis that has barely improved.

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Home Time: Fix housing for young people

March 15, 2024

A coalition of over 80 organisations, including Homelessness Australia and other peak bodies, homelessness services, housing providers, unions and others, has launched the HomeTime campaign seeking urgent action to ‘unlock Australia’s housing system for 16-24-year-olds who are homeless and unable to access housing. Join the campaign at https://www.hometime.org.au/

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Urgent need to address a surge in family violence-fuelled homelessness

March 8, 2024

A new report reveals a growing crisis of women and children fleeing domestic and family violence into homelessness prompting calls for an urgent funding package to provide pathways to safe housing. 

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Homelessness funding guarantee will save critical jobs

February 28, 2024

Homelessness Australia has strongly endorsed the Federal Government’s decision to plug a $73 million funding shortfall for homelessness services. Funding for the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) supplementation for homelessness services to cover the wages of the workforce was due to expire in July 2024 Homelessness Australia CEO Kate Colvin congratulated the Government for listening to front-line homelessness workers.

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Peak housing bodies and unions urge end to funding uncertainty

February 23, 2024

Leading homelessness advocates and unions have united in a joint push for state and federal housing ministers to plug a $73 million funding black hole that threatens to worsen the homelessness crisis by jeopardising the future of 700 critical support jobs, as ministers meet today.

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Surging demand for homelessness support amid uncertain funding

January 23, 2024

The Productivity Commission annual Report on Government Services has revealed an alarming surge in demand for homelessness services as providers grapple with a looming $73 million funding black hole. The report finds a 23% jump in people exiting homelessness support into rough sleeping, with the number jumping from 4,658 in 2021-22 to 5,712 in 2023-34.

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Worst year yet for homelessness services as crisis deepens

December 30, 2023

Homelessness service providers are under immense strain from the toughest year on record, as a new survey reveals unrelenting demand due to the housing and cost of living crises. According to a survey of 252 workers across frontline and support functions 93 per cent said homelessness had worsened in the last year.

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Capacity crunch: AIHW stats reveal overwhelmed homelessness services

December 12, 2023

New data from the AIHW reveals that the number of people already homeless and sleeping rough when they sought help surged in the last year, as skyrocketing rents and record low vacancy rates pushed more people into homelessness.

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