Northern Territory Looks To Address The Largest Homeless Problem In Australia

Northern Territory Looks To Address The Largest Homeless Problem In Australia

Northern Territory Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy

New Deal Ensures Support For Homelessness

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government and Commonwealth Government have signed a new 1-year agreement to continue to equally fund $10.84 Million to tackle homelessness and provide accommodation and support services for people in need.

Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy said the partnership would provide funding certainty for homelessness accommodation and case management services to 30 June 2018, while a longer-term funding arrangement is discussed with the Commonwealth.

“Good housing is a right for all Territorians, yet sadly the Territory has the highest rate of homelessness in the nation.” Minister McCarthy said.

“It’s critical we support some of the most vulnerable people in our community to access safe and secure accommodation and help them get back on their feet every Territorian needs a good home to achieve a good education, good health and good community outcomes.”

Agreement will focus on support for women and children escaping domestic violence and youth facing challenging times.

“Investing in homelessness services can support Territorians before they end up sleeping rough it’s the right thing to do and ultimately benefits us all.” Minister McCarthy said.

“We rely on support from the Commonwealth to reduce homelessness in the Territory, which is almost 15 times the national average.”

“I thank the Commonwealth for partnering with us to help people access emergency accommodation and support services.” Minister McCarthy said.

Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja said this partnership is evidence of the need for all levels of Government to work together to address homelessness.

“This funding delivers on the Government’s commitment to provide $117.2 Million in a transitional National Partnership on Homelessness to allow the Commonwealth, State, and Territory Governments to negotiate the new National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) as announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

“New $1.5 Billion agreement delivers the certainty homelessness service providers need to continue to help those in need in our community. The NHHA will include indexed and ongoing funding, commencing in July next year and will provide an extra $375 Million for homelessness services from 2018 to 2021.” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

Department of Housing and Community Development are developing an interagency Northern Territory Homelessness Strategy and a 5 year action plan to commence in July 2018, to improve pathways out of homelessness for Territorians.