The National Homelessness Strategy (NHS) will be funded for a further four years. The NHS will be enhanced to provide leadership in approaches to the prevention and reduction of homelessness.
This includes continued funding for the Complex Demonstration Projects, the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness and an NHS communication strategy.
The NHS was originally announced in the 1999-2000 Budget and was funded through the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) IV National Priorities.
The NHS enables the Australian Government to provide leadership to the broader effort with the State and Territory Governments in preventing homelessness by coordinating targeted programmes. Over the next four years the NHS will focus on the following activities:
- Complex Demonstration Projects that develop innovative ways to prevent and respond to homelessness. These projects promote integrated prevention and early intervention models which are largely outside the scope and capacity of crisis-based SAAP services;
- the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness, appointed by the Minister for Family and Community Services under the Supported Accommodation Assistance Act 1994, will continue to provide advice on issues related to homelessness; and
- a communication strategy to disseminate the extensive knowledge base compiled under the NHS will be developed and implemented.
1 July 2005.
Total Government Funding
$10.0 million over four years.