This week marks National Homelessness Week and is an opportunity for Australians to reflect on the hardships faced by members of our community.
Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski acknowledged the impact homelessness has, not just on the individual but also the families of those who are homeless.
“Homelessness is not just living on the street, it can be hidden. People living in boarding houses, sleeping in cars or on couches. It tears families apart and it is more prevalent on the Northern Beaches than people may think.” Mr Falinski said.
“It has been a very difficult year for everyone, but the most vulnerable in our community are being hit the hardest.”
Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services
Luke Howarth acknowledged that homelessness can affect anyone at any time and have a
profound impact on those who experience it.
“When access to safe and secure housing is not available it can impact a person’s health
and employment, along with their relationships. Assistant Minister Howarth said.
While state and territories have primary responsibility for housing and homelessness, the
Morrison Government provides $6 billion each year to assist people to pay their rent and
improve housing and homelessness outcomes in Australia.
The Government is also investing up to $118 million over five years through the Reconnect
program to support people aged 12 to 18 years (or 12 to 21 years for newly-arrived youth)
who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and their families.
“The Reconnect program helps around 7,900 young people each year to stay at school,
improve relationships with their family and remain connected with their community,”
Assistant Minister Howarth said.