It’s crunch time, yet again, for homelessness funding

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The Turnbull Government has been sent a clear message that they need to deliver for Queenslanders without a place to call home, at a meeting of state and federal Housing and Homelessness Ministers today.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said yet again the Commonwealth was unable to outline a concrete proposal on securing the homelessness sector’s future.

“My state and territory colleagues are united in our call for funding certainty for the homelessness sector,” Mr de Brenni said.

“Today we saw the unanimous agreement of all states and territories on a framework and reform process for delivering funding certainty this financial year.

“We are willing to work with the Commonwealth on a long-term solution however given the imminent funding cliff this requires the Prime Minister’s immediate attention.

“States and territories have outlined a clear timeframe and a clear path forward, Mr Turnbull now needs to demonstrate that he is listening to the needs of the sector. 

“We need to see real dollars and a real a long-term focus on tackling homelessness,” he said.

Queensland Council of Social Services CEO Mark Henley backed the state’s call for action.

“The thousands of people experiencing homelessness in Queensland need to be sure support will continue,” Mr Henley said. 

“Specialist homelessness services need to be assured that their work will be able to continue and provide these essential supports.”

The result of today’s meeting means that the future funding of homelessness services will now be on the agenda for determination at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in December.

This year the Palaszczuk Government is investing $152.6 million in specialist homelessness services which is complimented by a $100 million investment in new government-led housing construction.

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