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Permanent funding to help address homelessness



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The Hon. Scott Morrison MP Treasurer

The Hon. Michael Sukkar MP Assistant Minister to the Treasurer

MEDIA STATEMENT

Thursday, 22 March 2018

PERMANENT FUNDING TO HELP ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS

The Turnbull Government has delivered a permanent plan to help address homelessness, guaranteeing funding for our most vulnerable Australians.

The Senate today passed the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement Bill, providing around $4.6 billion to addressing housing affordability, including $375.3 million of new funding for homelessness, matched by State and Territory governments.

The agreement provides greater certainty for State and Territory governments and the frontline services who care for Australians who are homeless, particularly women and children affected by domestic violence, and young Australians.

But it also provides greater transparency for taxpayers by requiring State and Territory governments to make their housing and homeless strategies public.

The new National Housing and Homelessness Agreement will replace the National Affordable Housing Agreement and the National Partnership Agreement on Homeless.

Not only will the funding under those arrangements be maintained, but for the first time, the funding allocated to homelessness services will be permanent and indexed.

The new agreement is part of the Turnbull Government's comprehensive plan to reduce pressure on housing affordability announced in the 2017-18 Budget, designed to improve outcomes across the housing spectrum.

We are not providing a holistic answer to housing affordability if our focus is only on those lucky enough to have a roof over their heads.

This agreement delivers for those most in need of care and help.

Contacts: Andrew Carswell 0418 505 376, Kate Williams 0429 584 675, Julianna Burgess 0428 401 559