The Hon Luke Howarth MP
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This week marks National Homelessness Week and is an opportunity for Australians to reflect on the hardships faced by members of our community.
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.
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.