A sustainably funded homelessness services sector is critical to deliver All Path’s Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-2030.
The National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA), sets out the mutual obligations of the Commonwealth and State Government in preventing and responding to homelessness. NHHA outlines the annual funding from the Commonwealth for housing and homelessness. The investment is split between the Commonwealth and the State. Western Australia’s 10 Year homelessness strategy outlines that the WA government spend approximately $89M per year on homelessness and family and domestic violence services.
This investment is spent on Specialist Homelessness Services. The NHHA agreement shows investment of around $15M for the Commonwealth in homelessness along with the SACs supplementary payment. Current investment by government is not meeting current and projected demand. The community sector investment millions of dollars each year supplementing Commonwealth and State investment to meet demand for homelessness services.