The Palaszczuk Government is calling on the Commonwealth to provide the homelessness sector with funding certainty at a meeting of state and federal Housing and Homelessness Ministers in Sydney tomorrow.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that it was time for the Commonwealth to provide surety to providers with the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness due to expire in June 2017.

“Homelessness is a complex issue and through the National Partnership Agreement we fund specialist homelessness services that deliver a helping hand, a safe place to eat and support for the essentials of life,” Mr de Brenni said.

“It’s vital that the federal government provides certainty to the women and men on the frontline of homelessness services.

“They deserve certainty about the future of their work and security when it comes to their jobs.

“I want to make sure that organisations doing important work like Micah Projects, St Vincent de Paul and the Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth have confidence to plan for the future.”

Mr de Brenni said that Queensland will also be pushing for the new agreement to take a longer outlook.

“The causes and resolutions of homelessness and instability in housing are complex and they often require a long-term approach to an individual’s needs.

“Long-term funding is essential to making sure that our projects are having a real impact on people’s lives over time.

 “Queensland is keen to work with the Commonwealth and other states to achieve clarity on funding for to enable the development of plans beyond the next few months.”

The National Housing and Homelessness Ministers’ Meeting will take place in Sydney tomorrow morning.

[ENDS] 3 November, 2016 – Media contact: Tristan Douglas 0447 164 197