The Hon Luke Howarth MP
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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.
More Tasmanians will have access to social housing with the opening today of the first of 27 new specially designed homes for people with disability. The $6 million accommodation package, produced in conjunction with the Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust, is part of the Morrison Government’s commitments under the Hobart City Deal.
The Morrison Government is today calling for organisations to apply for $60 million worth of grants to expand emergency accommodation across Australia under our record commitment to keep women and children safe. Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services Luke Howarth said the funding would deliver up to 450 additional safe places for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.
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.