Media Releases

Homelessness on The Northern Beaches

August 7, 2020

Homelessness on The Northern Beaches

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.




Related Posts:
Media Releases
Economic Support Payments are a Lifeline for the Northern Beaches
Sep 16, 2020
Since March, the Australian Government’s Economic Support Payments have delivered $8.8 billion to over 7 million Australians, with 54,654 payments made to residents of Mackellar. That equals almost $40,990,500 being paid into the pockets of Mackellar residents alone.
Read more
Media Releases
Boosting Australia’s Fuel Security
Sep 15, 2020
The Federal Government is taking action to secure Australia’s long-term fuel supply, keep prices low for consumers and create over 1000 new jobs through a new domestic fuel security package. 
Read more
Media Releases
Are Your Kids Safe Online?
Sep 9, 2020
All parents worry about their children’s safety, especially when they are online. However, do you really know what they are watching?
Read more