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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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Overstretched and overwhelmed: the strain on homelessness services

August 4, 2023

Homelessness Australia's Overstretched and overwhelmed report reveals the enormous strain on homelessness services as a result of the housing crisis. It reveals that the number of people seeking homelessness assistance spiked 7.5 per cent, an extra 6,658 clients between December 2022 and March 2023. The report also cross-references Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data against service costs as outlined in the Productivity Commission Report on Government Services to reveal that an additional $450 million in homelessness support is needed to respond to new people needing homelessness assistance and people currently being turned away.

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Critical issues in Australia’s 10-year national homelessness plan

June 23, 2023

In 2023, the Federal Government will begin developing their national housing and homelessness plan. This paper details the ambition and scope needed in the Plan to effectively end homelessness, including the reforms needed in other policy areas of Government to prevent homelessness occurring, and the homelessness services needed to quickly end homelessness when it occurs, and prevent people falling back into homelessness.

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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.



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.



A Plan to End Homelessness

August 1, 2022

Homelessness Australia's Plan to End Homelessness was launched in Homelessness Week 2022 and sets out clear actions needed to: Halve the number of households experiencing rental stress by 2027 and end rental stress by 2032; End homelessness for women, children and young people; End homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; and Halve the numbers of people returning to homeless services by 2027, and halve the numbers again by 2032.



New election campaign calls for urgent government action to address women’s homelessness

March 24, 2022

Homelessness Australia is pleased to support Unhoused - Campaigning for safe homes for Australia’s women – calling for 16,810 homes for women. Women’s homelessness is a national crisis. The women’s safety and homelessness sector has determined that $7.6 billion is required from the Government over the next 4 years to provide long-term housing for Australia’s women. This investment would allow for the provision of 16,810 homes which provide immediate economic benefits of $15.3 billion and create 47,000 jobs across the economy**. (Equity Economics - Nowhere to Go 2021).



Homelessness Election Platform 2022

January 18, 2022

This document provides the evidence base for a plan to ultimately end homelessness, with the first step of halving homelessness by 2032. Homelessness and how to end it are thoroughly studied. Australia can be a nation that ultimately eliminates homelessness, but this outcome requires concerted action.



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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