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Homelessness sector letter on income support

May 13, 2024

Letter to the Prime Minister urging an increase in income support payments to prevent homelessness.

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Pre-Budget Submission 2024

April 19, 2024

Our Budget Submission calls for increased investment in homelessness services to meet growing demand, for investment in income support and social housing, a fund for homelessness prevention, and for resourcing for a national peak body for homelessness.

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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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Homelessness and domestic and family violence: State of Response Report

March 8, 2024

The Homelessness and domestic and family violence: State of Response Report for International Women’s Day analyses Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data to find that over the last decade the number of women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence and who are sleeping rough or in a car at the end of homelessness support and the number of women and children couch surfing at the end of support has more than doubled. The report calls for an urgent funding package to provide pathways to safe housing.

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Australian Homelessness Conference

March 7, 2024

The Homelessness Australia (HA) Board advises our members and supporters that HA is not involved in delivering the national homelessness conference in partnership with AHURI following AHURI’s withdrawal from a partnership model for this event.

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Australian Homelessness Monitor 2024

February 26, 2024

Homelessness Australia has partnered with the UNSW City Futures Research Centre and University of Queensland to support the development of the Australian Homelessness Monitor. The Australian Homelessness Monitor 2024 is the fourth in a series of national studies that aim to to highlight the changing nature and scale of homelessness, drawing links to labor market and housing market trends, and to developments in homelessness policy.

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Open letter to the Housing and Homelessness Ministerial Council

February 23, 2024

Homelessness, housing, and welfare peak bodies, and the Australian Services Union joined together to call for federal and state housing and homelessness ministers to deliver the homelessness funding needed to prevent people being turned away from homelessness services without the help they need

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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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