More must be done

Media release - 9 December 2016

More must be done

Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the Federal Government’s one-year extension of funding for homelessness services through the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning committed to $117.2 million for the 2017-18 budget period, a small boost of $2.2 million on previous years.

QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said the funding extension and increase is good news, but more can be done.

“Homelessness is an issue that transcends electoral terms and budget cycles,” Mr Henley said. “Homelessness funding cannot keep limping along year-to-year and QCOSS and its members hope we will be working actively with the community, government and private sector to make sure a long-term commitment can be made in the near future.

“There is research and evidence that show clear ways to address homelessness and we are ready to play our part in finding a solution.”

On Census night 2011, 19,838 Queenslanders were homeless. Nearly 5,500 of these were under the age of 18 and 24 per cent (of the total) were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons.

QCOSS will continue to lobby the federal government for a long-term commitment to reducing homelessness.

For more than 50 years QCOSS has worked throughout Queensland to eliminate poverty and inequality.

QCOSS is an independent non-government organisation representing close to 600 organisations and individuals throughout Queensland.

Contacts

QCOSS CEO - Mark Henley 0448 075 087

Communication Manager - Karen Murphy 0423 245 252

“Homelessness funding cannot keep limping along year-to-year and QCOSS and its members hope we will be working actively with the community, government and private sector to make sure a long-term commitment can be made in the near future."