The one year 2013-14, transitional National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (the transitional NPAH) builds on progress made under the five year $1.1 billion National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness which expired on 30 June 2013.
The transitional NPAH provides for the continuity of homelessness services, supporting states and territories to maintain the same level of service delivery as provided under the 2009-13 NPAH.
The transitional NPAH provides almost $159 million in Commonwealth funding, matched by jurisdictions to ensure the continued provision of important homelessness services and to tackle homelessness in 2013-14. This includes approximately $43 million in Commonwealth funding for a Development Fund for capital projects that help people move out of homelessness into safe and sustainable housing. There is also $4 million of Commonwealth funding for research and evaluation projects, which includes funding for a one year extension of the longitudinal study into homelessness, Journeys Home.
Each state and territory submitted an Implementation Plan, providing an indication of initiatives to be supported, capital projects being undertaken and any planned reforms, as well as demonstrating their capacity to achieve the outcomes of the Agreement. Each state and territory's Implementation Plan was agreed between the Commonwealth of Australia and state and territory governments, and on 1 July 2013, the one year transitional NPAH commenced. Copies of each Implementation Plan are available on the Standing Council on Federal Financial Relations website.
The transitional NPAH sustains parties' commitment to reducing homelessness through partnerships with business, the not-for-profit sector and the community sector.
The significant additional investment in homelessness provided by the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness has been an opportunity for states and territories to undertake strategic reforms and position themselves to reduce homelessness in the future.