The following information highlights the Australian and South Australian governments' efforts to reduce homelessness and includes details on South Australia’s Implementation Plan under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.
2009-13 – Action to Reduce Homelessness
The Australian and South Australian 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 South Australian governments jointly contributed $82.1 million from 2009 to 2013 to reduce homelessness under the Agreement. South Australia developed an Implementation Plan setting out initiatives and additional services. The Implementation Plan was an important component of the South Australian response to homelessness.
The Implementation Plan
Under the Agreement South Australia delivered a number of initiatives, including:
A Place to Call Home
- Implementation of four housing projects to deliver a total of 100 housing outcomes under A Place to Call Home. These include:
- Ladder St Vincent Street Youth Housing Service
- Findon Family Housing
- Port Augusta Common Ground
- Northern Helping Young People Achieve Housing project.
Preferred Support Provider System
- The Preferred Support Provider Panel has been implemented to ensure the provision of quality support to clients experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Forty three agencies have been appointed to the Panel.
Aged Homelessness Assistance
- Safe long-term supported accommodation for people over 55 experiencing homelessness in conjunction with support services focused on reducing isolation, sustaining tenancies, community integration, and connecting clients to aged care services.
Child Focused Support
- Individual and group supports for children aged 0-12 years, accompanying adults within the specialist homelessness service sector.
Therapeutic Youth Service
- Accommodation services and onsite and outreach counselling programs for young people aged 12 to 18 years focusing on reunion and establishment of independent living skills.
Integrated Housing Exits Program
- Accommodation and pre- and post-release case management support to clients to prevent them from exiting into homelessness, assist them to develop independent living skills and support them to deal with risk factors that may lead to reoffending.
Perpetrator Housing Program
- Ten short term houses and support for perpetrators of domestic violence who are removed from the family home to allow women and children to remain / return home when safe.
Financial Services Clinic
- Provision of individual counselling, planning and advice to people who are at homeless or at risk of homelessness.
For information on progress against these and others initiatives under the South Australian Implementation Plan, see the South Australia 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.