Join national campaign for funds for homeless
A national campaign is underway to ensure the Federal Government commits to long-term funding certainty for organisations, including McAuley Community
Services for Women.
The National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) provides $230 million in funding for frontline homelessness services across Australia, shared evenly by federal and state/territory governments.
Late last year, the Federal Government provided a limited extension to the NPAH and called it 'transitional' with services now being funded up until 30 June 2018.
“This was a crucial extension, but by no means provides the certainty in funding that is required to reduced homelessness in Australia,” CEO Jocelyn Bignold said.
Ms Bignold is now calling on McAuley’s many supporters to lend their voice to the campaign, and to call on their local Federal and State MPs to ensure that a new national affordable housing and homelessness strategy is developed in consultation with services, peak bodies and people with a lived experience of homelessness.
“Without a national plan and national coordination we will not turn around increasing homelessness. There are many factors driving people into housing crisis and homelessness every day. These range from unaffordable rents and a lack of public housing to family violence, unemployment and health crises,” she said.
Last year, at McAuley House, 59 women were accommodated and supported, the majority of whom had experienced family violence and all were previously homeless. We have calculated that for every $500,000 we spend on supporting women out of homelessness, we are saving the community $2,500,000.
Ms Bignold says that along with a national homelessness strategy, we need long-term funding certainty so that services can get on with the important work of preventing and ending homelessness for individuals and families, and a national evidence-based strategy that connects both affordable housing and support services. Supporters can sign the national petition http://www.savenpah.org/petition?recruiter_id=28265
and you can also write to your local politicians asking them to commit to five years of funding for the National Partnership on Homelessness and to ensure the continuation of the National Affordable Housing Agreement. Contacts are available by clicking this link.