MEDIA RELEASE – Friday 9 December 2016

12 MONTH FUNDING EXTENSION A WELCOME FIRST STEP, BUT STILL A LONG WAY TO GO
IN TURNING AROUND RISING HOMELESSNESS AND FAMILY VIOLENCE IN AUSTRALIA

A national campaign that mobilised over 200 community organisations and 40,000 individuals to lobby the Prime
Minister in support of homelessness and family violence services has welcomed today’s announcement that the
National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness will be extended for 12 months with some indexation.

Homelessness Australia Chairperson, Jenny Smith, said “Today’s $117 million announcement is a credit to everyone
who supported the Save NPAH Campaign and an acknowledgement that the Federal Government still has an
important role to play with states and territories in combating rising homelessness and family violence in Australia.”

“A 12-month extension for 180 critically important services means that 80,000 Australians experiencing crisis related
to homelessness and family violence will be supported. That is good news and I welcome Minister Porter’s recommitment
to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.”

“Funding and policy uncertainty is harmful to services and undermines the effectiveness of our service system. We
now have about 18 months to get this right and put in place a new national strategy that addresses both
homelessness support services and access to affordable housing.

National Shelter CEO, Adrian Pisarski, said “the indexation of this additional funding is very welcome because lack of
indexation has been a major challenge for the housing and homelessness sector over many years. Without
indexation, the real value of funding decreases each year and it is the quality of services that suffers as organisations
have to do more with less all the time.”

“Despite today’s good news, we could easily find ourselves back in the same place a year from now if the Federal
Government doesn’t take this opportunity to start working with the sector to develop a new national strategy that
bridges affordable housing, homelessness support and family violence. Kicking the policy can down the road isn’t
going to get people off the streets and keep them safe in the long run.

“We’ll be seeking a meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull to discuss how we can move quickly to achieve a longer
term solution.”

The Save NPAH Campaign is an initiative of Homelessness Australia and National Shelter, with support from a large
number of organisations and individuals including ACOSS, Anglicare Australia, Australian Red Cross, Catholic Social
Services Australia, Community Housing Industry Association, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia,
Mission Australia, National Association of Community Legal Centres, National Family Violence Prevention Legal
Services, National Youth Coalition for Housing, People with a Disability Australia, The Salvation Army, UnitingCare
Australia and WESNET. www.SaveNPAH.org

More information: Kate Colvin, kate@chp.org.au 0418 103 292