4 November 2016
Support to decide homelessness funding now
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) supports the Queensland Government’s position that the Australian Government needs to commit funding to address homelessness now.
QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said a long-term funding decision now is essential to making a real difference in the lives of people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
“It is urgent that this matter is addressed by all parties,” said Mr Henley. “We need a long-term commitment to tackling homelessness. And must include certainty of service delivery.
“For too long, funding to address homelessness has limped from year to year. This uncertainty stops services from being able to plan and reduces our ability to put into place the long-term solutions that are needed to truly address this issue.
“We know from our work with communities throughout Queensland, this is a complex area that requires a collaborative and committed approach to making real change in someone’s life,” Mr Henley said. “It means far more than just putting a roof over someone’s head.”
There are nearly 20,000 Queenslanders who were homeless. Nearly 5,500 of these people are under the age of 18 and almost one in four are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.
For more than 50 years QCOSS has been a leading force for social change to eliminate poverty and disadvantage. With more than 600 members, QCOSS supports a strong community service sector.