28. September 2021

National Partnership Agreement On Homelessness (Noah)

„This is the time to take action and invest more, not to destroy the agencies and mechanisms that deal with homelessness.“ „It would make no sense for the Commonwealth to abandon its responsibility for funding social housing and homeless services at a time when people living on the streets are in crisis and housing affordability is a chronic problem.“ In 2013-14, 423 requests for homeless services could not be met every day. Without NPAH services, this figure will increase dramatically. „People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness achieve sustainable housing and social inclusion.“ Homeless services warn that the government`s plans to end a multi-billion euro housing deal would be a „frantic disaster“ for those who sleep hard. The 2009 agreement provides that states and territories will receive $1.3 billion in subsidies annually for public housing and homeless services, according to Homelessness Australia. Community groups have warned that terminating the agreement would effectively cut two-thirds of funding for specialized services for the homeless. Read more about NPAH: www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/housing-support/programmes-services/homelessness/national-partnership-agreement-on-homelessness The agreement focuses on three key strategies to reduce homelessness: „Naha is the only federal funding for public housing and homeless services,“ Goldie said. Goldie said that if the axe of the deal moved forward, it would betray the Commonwealth of a vital programme of support for disadvantaged Australians. 80,000 clients are supported each year by NPAH-funded programs to rebuild their lives. Without these programs, many of these clients will not be able to be helped and will remain homeless or homeless. Homelessness Australia`s current president, Katherine McKernan, said the end of the deal would destroy homeless services, at a time when they are already facing uncertainty about another important source of funding, the $117 million a year from the National Homelessness Partnership Agreement. According to reports, the federal government is considering removing the National Affordable Housing Agreement (Naha) from May`s budget because it has failed to improve affordable housing or reduce homelessness.

Most groups agree that the agreement is flawed in its design and operation. Community groups have long called for reform to improve accountability and transparency in funding and to ensure that Commonwealth funds are doubled by states and territories. Under the NHHA, to secure funding, state and territory governments must have publicly accessible housing and homelessness strategies and help improve data collection and reporting. Community groups warn the government against removing the agreement that provides $1.3 billion a year to states and territories In February, more than 60 CEOs of homelessness and domestic violence services, high-level bodies and advocacy signed an open letter to the minister requesting long-term funding. . . .