Tasmania leading the way on collaborative efforts to ease the homelessness crisis



20 June 2019

A meeting in Hobart this morning about the homelessness crisis was convened by Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds and attended by new Federal Housing Minister Michael Sukkar and Tasmania’s Minister for Housing Roger Jaensch, as well as by other local governments, human service providers and private sector stakeholders.

“The meeting in Hobart this morning about its homelessness crisis is a very strong start to a very long haul,” said Jenny Smith, Chair, Homelessness Australia. 

“With all three levels of government present – federal, state and local – the meeting provided a ground-breaking opportunity to set the tone for all levels of government to work together to end the homelessness crisis, not just in Tasmania, but across the country.”

There are currently more than 116,427 homeless Australians, driven by a 195,215 shortfall in social housing.

“This is a nationwide crisis, and it is imperative that all levels of government collaborate to find ways to increase social housing across the country,” said Ms Smith.

“We commend all the participants of today’s meeting for this significant first step in collaborative work. 

“Australia needs a national strategy on homelessness, and commitments from the federal government matched by state governments, to introduce more social housing and support for people to both access and sustain housing.’’

“This meeting is a great starting point for the work needed to achieve a home for every Australian, particularly our most vulnerable and at-risk Australians.”

 

Media enquiries: Isabelle Oderberg, Homelessness Australia, 0435 966 251 or isabelle@chp.org.au