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Call for Cross-Party Commitment on Homelessness


Wednesday, 21st July 2010 at 4:28 pm
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ACOSS calls for a cross-party commitment to help homeless Australians after a new report on crisis housing figures.

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Call for Cross-Party Commitment on Homelessness
Wednesday, 21st July 2010 at 4:28 pm

Peak welfare organisation ACOSS has called on political leaders to confirm their policies on homelessness after a new report on crisis housing figures in Australia

New figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show 62% of people seeking crisis housing accommodation were turned away.

Tony Westmore, Acting CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service says that with 105,000 Australians unable to find a bed on any given night, ACOSS calls for a cross-party commitment to halve homelessness by 2020.

The AIHW reports that in 2008-09 families were the group most likely to be turned away from crisis housing. An average of 80% of couples with children, 75% of couples without children and 69% of individuals with children who requested emergency accommodation were turned away.

Westmore says it is critical that there is a long-term commitment to prevent and respond to homelessness through supporting specialist emergency services.

He says ACOSS supports the steps taken by Federal, State and Territory Governments over the last two years to implement the strategies outlined in the Federal Government's White Paper on homelessness, The Road Home. These policies include early intervention, expanded and well-connected services, and breaking the cycle by moving people from crisis accommodation into stable housing.

He says substantial investment in affordable housing and a strong social housing system are vital to alleviating the pressures on crisis housing services.

ACOSS has supported the Government's stimulus spending of $6 billion on social housing to build 19,200 dwellings as a first step to reducing the drastic shortfall in affordable dwellings.

ACOSS has also called for a future growth fund for housing with an initial down-payment of $750 million and sustained long-term ongoing funding.

Westmore says to alleviate the stress on private renters, and help prevent homelessness, ACOSS has also called for a 30% increase in the maximum rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report can be downloaded at www.aihw.gov.au

Link www.acoss.org.au



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