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A Place to Call Home: Federal Government’s homeless initiative

by Marquette Turner

in News & Views, Real Estate Radar

The Federal Government will invest $150 million over five years with the aim of halving the number of homeless people turned away from homeless shelters.

A Place to Call Home is Federal Labor’s five year plan to establish up to 600 new houses and units across the country for families and individuals who are homeless.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare said in 2005-06 there were 3,383 requests for emergency accommodation (4.4 per cent of the total requests for emergency accommodation) that could not be met.

Federal Labor’s aim is to halve the number of homeless people turned away from shelters each year within five years and close the gap within a decade in an effort to ensure those who are homeless have shelter.

100,000 Australians find themselves homeless on any night. Of these, nearly half are under 24 years of age and 10,000 are children aged twelve or younger.

While the services funded to assist the homeless do their best – they accommodate more than 12,000 at any one time in around 7,500 shelters, units and houses – this is not enough to meet demand.

At Mission Australia’s Women’s Place Service, 56 per cent of the single adult women who seek accommodation are turned away.

In a nation that has experienced 16 consecutive years of economic growth, this is simply not acceptable.

For this reason Marquette Turner wholly supports any initiative that improves the lot of those experiencing difficulties.

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