Federal Homelessness Funding must not be reduced

Homelessness services across Western Australia will lose eight million dollars per year if the federal government stops the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) Supplementary Payment under the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA).

This week a letter signed by twenty-five Western Australian Homelessness Services was sent to all Western Australian federal members of Parliament urging continuation of this payment.

The First-hand Impact

Services are inviting MPs to visit them to see first-hand the impact of funding cuts on services in their electorates and to advocate for funding to be retained.

The loss of these funds will directly impact on the ability of services across the state to provide critical services to people in need. The Federal government has extended the supplementary payments for many other community services programs and we have asked the NHHA be treated in the same consistent way.

Peaks

Homelessness Australia in partnership with National Shelter and other peaks is undertaking advocacy at a national level for retention of this payment through the Don’t Close the Door/ERO cuts to homelessness services campaign.

Here are ways that you can support this national campaign,

Petition

The Australian Services Union (ASU) have developed a petition action to Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP and Ministers, the Hon Anne Ruston and Hon Michael Sukkar MP calling for the cuts to be reversed. Please circulate it widely via email to your staff and supporters and via social media. The petition is here.

Senate Estimates

The senior minister responsible for homelessness services, Senator Anne Ruston will be answering questions on homelessness at Senate Estimates hearings on Thursday, 25 of March at 5:15pm (AEDT). Watch it live here. You can engage in the discussion about the issue by tweeting during the estimates hearing. Use #SenateEstimates and #DontCloseDoor.

Local MP

Local Federal MPs need to hear about how funding cuts will impact services within their electorate. We need you to contact your local MP and tell them in what capacity you will be forced to reduce if services are cut. You can use this short briefing paper in your advocacy.

Media

If you are outraged that homelessness services will have their funding cut please get in contact with your with local media.