The St Vincent de Paul Society welcomes a new commitment by the federal government to fund 50 per cent of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) in its first year, as announced by Minister Brendan O’Connor at the National Press Club in Canberra today.
National Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said:
“We welcome this development and sincerely hope the funding commitment will make a real difference to reducing the level of homelessness in Australia.
“Greater Commonwealth/State cooperation plus bipartisan support at the national level is necessary if we are to halve the rate of homelessness by 2020.
“There is no place for homelessness in a prosperous country such as ours but as the ABS statistics released this week show, over 105,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness, much to our great shame,” Dr Falzon said.
National President Anthony Thornton said anxiety over the expiry of the current NPAH in June 2013 would remain until a funding agreement between the Commonwealth and States was reached.
“The members of the St Vincent de Paul Society are following the issue of the future funding agreement closely. These are the frontline volunteers and staff, who help people experiencing homelessness and who know the enormous economic, social and human cost of homelessness and the devastation it causes in people’s lives,” Mr Thornton said.