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Mark Butler


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

Homelessness services recognised for outstanding work 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

Seven community organisations from across Australia were today recognised for their

outstanding work to prevent and tackle homelessness as recipients of National Homelessness

Services Achievement Awards.

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

Homelessness and Social Housing, Melissa Parke today congratulated the Award recipients

and finalists for their extraordinary work in helping people who are homeless or at risk of


“We congratulate all nominees, finalists and award recipients, whose commitment,

innovation and creativity are helping to break the cycle of homelessness,” Mr Butler said.

“Every day, these organisations and their staff work to support some of Australia’s most

vulnerable people to find the right pathway out of homelessness.

“Selecting just seven winners from a field of 23 finalists was extremely difficult, highlighting

just how hard Australians are working to prevent and tackle homelessness.

“These services help people find affordable and sustainable housing, get through financial

crises, manage health issues, address substance misuse, develop skills, and find work.

Mr Butler said the holistic and innovative approaches used by these homelessness services

are making a real difference to people’s lives.

“These services help a range of people, including young people, Indigenous Australians,

people escaping domestic violence and older Australians,” Mr Butler said.

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

sleeping rough or in improvised dwellings, 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.

“Being homeless or facing homelessness can make it enormously difficult to do any of the

ordinary things in life like hold down a job, get an education, or plan for the future.

“But thanks to the commitment of these organisations and the diverse support they provide,

thousands of people in Australia have someone to turn to when they need it most.

“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.

“I thank all those who have nominated a service or organisation in the 2013 National

Homelessness Services Achievement Awards, and congratulate all the nominees, finalists and

Award recipients for their achievements.”

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2013 National Homelessness Services Achievement Award Recipients

Excellence or innovation in addressing homelessness by an organisation - Journey to Social

Inclusion project through Sacred Heart Mission, VIC.

Excellence in the prevention of, or early intervention in, homelessness - Samaritans

Brokerage Support Service through the Samaritans Foundation, NSW.

Outstanding business or philanthropic commitment to addressing homelessness - Making

Ends Meet program through Anglicare WA.

Excellence or innovation in partnerships in delivering services - Homelessness to Home

Healthcare program through Micah Projects, Mater Health Services, St Vincent’s Health

Care, Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local and Metro North Medicare Local, QLD.

Excellence in addressing Indigenous homelessness - Watch House-Pick Up and Case

Management project through Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation, NT.

Excellence in supporting pathways to employment or education - WorkNext Services

Education and Employment Program through Catherine House Inc, SA.

Excellence in addressing homelessness in a regional, rural or remote location - Community

Accommodation & Support Agency Inc (CASA), QLD.