The Hon Luke Howarth MP
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All states and territories have now provided their annual Statements of Assurance, as required under the Australian Government’s $1.6 billion National Housing and Homelessness Agreement, giving community an indication of how each jurisdiction is addressing homelessness.
Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services Luke Howarth will spend tonight couchsurfing as part of the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout. The event raises funds for crisis accommodation, food, healthcare, counselling, employment and support to find a permanent home for people across the country.
On any given night in Australia approximately 116,427 Australians are homeless, almost one quarter of these are young people aged 12-24 years. Family breakdown often forces young people to couch surf or street homelessness, and at a time when stress levels are high and Australians are being urged to stay home the Federal Government’s successful Reconnect Program has never been more important.
To have a centralised digital platform for people in need of social, affordable and emergency housing; with the aim to also reduce wait times for social housing is incredible, and will be of great help to people needing assistance. In 2019, housing affordability and homelessness continues to impact the lives of people in our communities across the country. From Townsville to Melbourne, Perth to Darwin and everywhere in between, while the issues associated with homelessness may vary across each city, the end goal remains the same.