Homelessness NSW is pleased to support Unhoused - Campaigning for safe homes for Australia’s women – calling for 16,810 homes for women. Women’s homelessness is a national crisis. The women’s safety and homelessness sector has determined that $7.6 billion is required from the Government over the next 4 years to provide long-term housing for Australia’s women. This investment would allow for the provision of 16,810 homes which provide immediate economic benefits of $15.3 billion and create 47,000 jobs across the economy**. (Equity Economics - Nowhere to Go 2021).
Homelessness NSW will be preparing and submitting a Pre-Budget Submission, and advocating to its tune. Without a doubt a major focus will continue to be more social housing. But we also know that the specialist homelessness sector needs a pretty significant boost to recurrent funding, especially our Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations.
The 2020 Federal Budget did not include funding for the Commonwealth component of the Equal Remuneration Order beyond June 2021. This equates to a cut to homelessness services of $56.7 million nationally and $7.5 million in NSW. Homelessness NSW supports the Campaign being led by Homelessness Australia to reinstate this funding within the NHHA.
What is Homelessness Week? In Australia there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events, including providing information on the importance of housing as a solution and educating communities on how they can make a difference.