Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon has backed calls by homelessness organisations across the country, who warned the Turnbull government that the homelessness crisis will deepen if Federal funding is cut. The Greens say the meeting of state and federal housing ministers today must confront the housing affordability crisis and guarantee long term funding for homelessness services.
“The National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness expires in June 2017, and that is putting people experiencing homelessness and homelessness service providers under a cloud of uncertainty,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“Each year around 119,000 people in need are turned away from frontline services. The Council to Homeless Persons has estimated that that number will jump if NPAH funding is not adequately renewed.
“The existing services are already overstretched and underfunded. What the sector needs is proper funding with long term guarantees.
“While the Turnbull government continues to provide generous tax breaks to property investors, hundreds of people in need of basic shelter and support services go without.
“The Australian Greens have a plan to double federal funding for specialist, frontline homelessness services provided under the original National Affordable Housing Agreement, through redirecting a portion of revenue raised through negative gearing and capital gains tax reforms.