Shelter WA, the peak body for social and affordable housing and homelessness welcomes the $230 million commitment by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) to 2017.
Executive Officer of Shelter WA, Chantal Roberts confirmed “this funding commitment will provide much-needed certainty to homelessness service providers across Western Australia who continue to deliver essential critical services to support the most vulnerable in our community.” Shelter WA joined with 50 other homelessness agencies and social welfare bodies, including Homelessness Australia in an open letter on Monday 9 February to call for alignment of homelessness funding with the four year budget cycle. Ms Roberts noted “it is pleasing to see the Federal Government has responded by providing some certainty until the completion of the Federation White Paper Review. However, the identification of a longer term solution for service providers through this review is essential to ensure housing assistance and homelessness services are managed and funded in an effective manner.” “At the same time, it would be very pleasing to see the WA State Government now commit to extending funding for homelessness services across all areas of need in Western Australia for the same period of time.” Shelter WA will continue to advocate for long term funding certainty for service providers through the Federation White Paper Review.