Key elementsThe Government is committed to tackling homelessness.
The Government will work with states and territories to create an additional 600 houses for homeless individuals and families over the next five years.
A Place to Call Home aims to halve the number of homeless people turned away from homeless shelters each year and lead to improved success in reintegrating people with the broader community. It will also assist in reducing the likelihood of their cycling in and out of homelessness services.
BackgroundA Place to Call Home will provide $150 million over five years to states and territories to create 600 new homes for homeless individuals and families across the country.
Instead of going to a refuge, homeless families and individuals will move directly into this housing and receive tenancy and other support for the first 12 months. They will not have to leave the housing at the end of the support period. The housing will be transferred to the general public housing pool and their tenancy extended in accordance with normal tenancy arrangements for public housing.
Indigenous people will be provided with homes and support services at least in proportion to their share of the homeless population.
ImplementationThe Australian Government will make available $100 million over the next four years ($150 million over five years) to states and territories to deliver 600 new dwellings (up to $250,000 per dwelling).
State and territory contributions will match the Australian Government's funding although the exact form of the matching may vary. States and territories will provide support services to each household while they are required, within their overall contribution. Funds are being distributed based on the number of homeless people in each jurisdiction from ABS Census data with a guarantee that all states will at least receive $1 million each year.
Funds may be used for new construction, spot purchase or renovating suitable properties.
State and territory housing authorities will be required to provide replacement properties from their existing portfolios to ensure that after five years there will be an additional 600 dwellings nationally for new homeless households to be assisted through A Place to Call Home.
A Place to Call Home will commence in the second half of 2008.