The following information highlights the Australian and the Australian Capital Territory governments' efforts to reduce homelessness and includes details on the Australian Capital Territory Implementation Plan under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.
2009-13 – Action to Reduce Homelessness
The Australian and Australian Capital Territory governments are committed to reducing homelessness.
In December 2008, the Council of Australian Governments established a National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. Under the Agreement the Australian Government agreed to provide additional funding for homelessness to the states and territories who also agreed to match Australian Government funding and deliver services and capital projects that contribute to an overall reduction in homelessness.
The Australian and Australian Capital Territory governments contributed $20.1 million from 2009 to 2013 to reduce homelessness under the Agreement. The Australian Capital Territory developed an Implementation Plan setting out initiatives and additional services. The Implementation Plan was an important component of the Australian Capital Territory's response to homelessness.
The Implementation Plan
Under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness the Australian Capital Territory delivered a number of initiatives, including:
A Place to Call Home
- Twenty additional properties over five years to house homeless families and provide those families with the necessary supports to sustain their tenancies. The client may initially be housed under a head leasing tenancy arrangement with a homelessness service acting as both landlord and support provider; the tenancy will transfer to the client when they are able to sustain their own public housing tenancy.
Street to Home ACT
- Active outreach and support for up to 30 rough sleepers, particularly young rough sleepers. This will include providing health and legal support services.
Building Housing Partnerships – Supportive Sustaining Tenancy Service
- Intensive case management for 700 individuals and families to break the cycle of homelessness and disadvantage. This will be done through coordinating and delivering a range of services to sustain their tenancy and assist them improve their living skills, undertake training and find employment.
Central Intake Service – First Point
- First Point commenced operation in October 2010 and provides a central point of contact for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness to access homelessness services and social housing to ensure clients do not have to negotiate with multiple agencies in order to access services.
Staying at Home After Domestic Violence (STAY) Program
- Assistance for victims of domestic violence to remain in their homes, through Housing ACT partnering with the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and appropriate legal services to remove the perpetrator from the tenancy agreement and rehoused.
Mental Health Housing and Support Initiative
- Fifteen integrated support packages of housing and mental health support to provide sustainable tenancies in public housing for people with moderate to severe mental health issues.
Managed Accommodation Program
- Up to fifteen men and five women will be accommodated at any one time as part of a planned transition from the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Up to ten men and five women will also be provided with outreach support.
- Provision of accommodation and support for young people aged 16-25 years old to maintain stable housing and engage with education and employment services.
For information on progress against these and other initiatives under the Australian Capital Territory’s Implementation Plan, see the Australian Capital Territory 2009-10 Annual Report, 2010-11 Annual Report and 2011-12 Annual Report.
The 2013-14 Transitional National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness builds on the progress made under the 2009-13 Agreement.