New ABS data showing increases in Homelessness across Australia comes at a time of uncertainty for the funding of homelessness and affordable housing programs.
The key Commonwealth – State funding agreements, the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) and the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), are set to expire at the end of this financial year and funding for the National Rental Affordability Scheme is coming towards an end. The lack of commitment to extending the funding under these agreements risks exacerbating homelessness and housing stress.
“The buck passing has to stop. It’s time for the States and the Commonwealth to put their heads together and make sure that there is continued funding available to address housing affordability and homelessness.” said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing.
“Sadly, on census night there were over 2000 more children aged under 12 reported homeless than 5 years before. Families are being pushed out of secure housing by the housing crisis. Against this backdrop, the the different levels of Government need to work out an agreement so that funding can continue.”
“Funding under the NPAH has been important in supporting the increased number of families at risk of homelessness, and NRAS has successfully encouraged private investment to increase the number of affordable rental properties. Now is not the time to cut funding from these programs.”
“In addition, a new National Affordable Housing Agreement needs to ensure growth in the number of affordable rental properties in return for continued funding, through an Affordable Housing Growth Fund.
Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia. For more information visit www.housingstressed.org.au
For enquiries and interviews contact Joel Pringle, 0427 563 989
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