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Homelessness Under Pressure

Tuesday 11th March / presented by James Hall

The National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness was initiated in 2009 to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness achieve sustainable housing and social inclusion, and has been pretty successful.

Under the current agreement, Federal, state and territory governments have committed just over $1 billion in that time, - $135 million in WA helping to implement 20 programs involving 71 not-for-profit organisations.

6000 people in WA benefited from the program in 2010-11 alone, with the state having exceeded the set target rates for success.

With the agreement set to expire on June 30, and the Federal government yet to reveal whether funding will continue, there’s concern for both the 3,400 staff and 80,000 people affected by homelessness across the country.

Community Housing Coalition WA Executive Officer Barry Doyle joins James Hall to discuss this uncertainty, the program’s success and the wider ramifications should the government pull the funding…

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