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Second National Homelessness Achievement Awards

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Mark Butler


Media Release by The Hon Mark Butler MP

Second National Homelessness Achievement Awards 7 March 2013

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Mark Butler today announced the second National

Homelessness Achievement Awards designed to recognise and promote the tireless efforts of

community organisations for their work in preventing and tackling homelessness.

Mr Butler said the Awards had attracted almost 150 high-calibre nominations from a diverse

range of agencies and programs from across Australia with award recipients to be announced

at a lunch time event on Wednesday 1 May in Melbourne’s Town Hall.

“We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to the call for nominations for this year’s

awards, and with so many first-rate nominations, selecting just one recipient in each category

will be a real challenge,” Mr Butler said.

“The inaugural awards last year showcased some amazing and innovative programs helping

people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness get their lives back on track and it is

wonderful to see this level of quality matched in this year’s nominations.”

“I was particularly pleased to see some great examples of innovative programs making a real

difference to the lives of young people, Indigenous Australians, people escaping domestic

violence and older Australians, among others.”

“Thanks to their commitment and the diverse services they provide, thousands of Australians

have someone to turn to when they most need it.”

Mr Butler said the National Homelessness Achievement Awards recognise the tireless efforts

of community organisations for their work in preventing and tackling homelessness.

“While the last Census showed a 13% drop in the number of people sleeping rough, far too

many Australians still do not have a place to call home every night,” Mr Butler said.

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

halving the rate of homelessness by 2020.”

“This year’s awards will 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 Australians who have nominated a homelessness service they feel is helping

break the cycle of homelessness.”

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