Following the first of our fortnightly Taskforce meetings, please see below the key issues covered and actions going forward:
Social Housing Emergency Recovery Package
The immediacy is clear from the State Government to deliver this $319 million package. Involving 250 new builds, as well as 1,500 refurbishments and a fast-tracked maintenance program in regional areas. The taskforce heard it was the largest and most comprehensive of the options put to the State Government, and contracts will be issued quickly. This was identified as a necessary priority with no latent capacity identified in sector by out-of-session inquiry.
After being placed on hold during COVID-19, the strategy is now being updated to incorporate the new announcements made since Coronavirus and will go to Cabinet soon.
New phase for the Taskforce
With the conclusion of the Nous work and scenario planning underway, this meeting considered the future of the Taskforce and agreed it had proven to be a valuable information-sharing conduit between the Sector and Department. The group committed to continuing with fortnightly meetings. There was consensus for a focus shift as the Taskforce headed into recovery to work in partnership to activate the Homelessness and Housing Strategies.
Homelessness Strategy Update
- Following the announcement of Bunbury as the first location for the Housing First initiative, it was confirmed the other four locations will soon be announced, with Ruah to be appointed as the coordinating body.
- Following a recent meeting with Perth MLA John Carey, an announcement is due soon for the first Common Ground facility.
Next Taskforce information presentation:
Dr Tania Wallace, Public Health Operations Centre, Department of Health. Due to technical issues at the last meeting, Dr Wallace has agreed to return at our next meeting to answer our questions.
The next Taskforce meeting is scheduled for Thursday 25 June, 2020.
Co-Chair, COVID-19 Taskforce: People at risk of, or experiencing homelessness