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Mackay agency wins National Homelessness Award

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Mark Butler


Media Release by The Hon Mark Butler MP and The Hon Melissa Parke MP

Mackay Agency Wins National Homelessness Award 1 May 2013

Joint Media Release with:

 The Hon Mark Butler MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Minister for Housing and Homelessness Minister for Social Inclusion Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform

 The Hon Melissa Parke MP Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social Housing Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health

Community Accommodation & Support Agency (CASA), of Mackay, was today awarded a

National Homelessness Services Achievement Award in recognition of its tireless work to

prevent and tackle homelessness.

Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler and Parliamentary Secretary for

Homelessness and Social Housing, Melissa Parke today presented CASA with the Award for

Excellence in addressing homelessness in a regional, rural or remote location.

“CASA stood out for its efforts supporting families in crisis and I congratulate them for

keeping dozens of families together and out of homelessness.

“People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are under enormous stress, which can be

exacerbated when children are involved and having a stable home can make all the difference

to turning a life around.

“By providing 17 short-term crisis houses and case managers, CASA takes some of the

pressure off families.

Mr Butler said the team also works with families at risk of losing their home by linking

people to essential health service support and household management programs.

“Last year alone, the agency assisted 80 families to become self-reliant again-families who

otherwise wouldn’t now have a stable home.

“Thanks to the dedication of CASA, families in Mackay have someone to turn to when they

need it most.”

Ms Parke said that while the last Census showed a 13 per cent drop in the rate of people

sleeping rough, far too many Australians still do not have a place to call home every night.

“This Government has made tackling homelessness a national priority and is committed to

halving the overall rate of homelessness by 2020,” Ms Parke said.

“But we are not doing it alone-every day, thousands of services are on the ground helping

people get back on their feet.”

“This year’s Awards shine a light on the tremendous work these compassionate and dedicated

service providers do for some of our community’s most vulnerable people.

“Thank you to everyone who made a nomination in the 2013 National Homelessness Services

Achievement Awards and congratulations to CASA for receiving this well-deserved award.”

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