$1B Investment Boosts Housing for Homeless Youth, Abuse Victims

Home Time Campaign

The national youth housing campaign, Home Time, has welcomed the decision by Federal Housing and Homelessness Minister Julie Collins to dedicate the $1 billion National Housing Infrastructure Facility (NHIF) to the creation of new housing for young people, as well as women and their children escaping violence. $700 million will be available as direct grants to housing providers.

This follows a sustained campaign by over 120 organisations to secure a national pool of 15,000 dedicated tenancies for young people with linked support services, together with action to reduce the youth payments rental gap for housing providers offering homes to young people. This is the first funding announcement towards that national target.

Data released earlier this year revealed that almost 40,000 young people had approached homelessness services for assistance with almost 10,000 aged 15-17 with nowhere to live and no parental or carer support. Most troubling was the fact 44% were still homeless after receiving assistance due to a lack of dedicated youth housing.

Organisations supporting Home Time include Homelessness Australia, Community Housing Industry Association, National Shelter, Melbourne City Mission, Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, ACOSS. The Salvation Army, Anglicare Australia, Brisbane Youth Service, Foyer Foundation, YFoundations and the Australian Services Union.

Quote attributable to Kate Colvin, Homelessness Australia

"We want to congratulate Minister Collins for taking decisive action to start creating new homes for young people with nowhere to live."

"New resources to deliver crisis and transitional accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic violence and young people at risk of homelessness will make a life-changing difference to each family and young person who will now have a safe home."

Quote attributable to Wendy Hayhurst, Community Housing Industry Association

"We welcome the decision to use the NHIF to create youth housing. Community housing providers want to be part of the solution and work with the government to offer safe homes and brighter futures to 16-24-year-olds experiencing homelessness."

"It is important that the Federal Budget and next National Housing and Homelessness Plan also addresses the rental gap for housing providers offering homes to young people."

Quote attributable to Shorna Moore, Melbourne City Mission

"The Federal Government has shown what is possible when children and young people are recognised as a priority for investment. We look forward to seeing these homes become a reality, along with the support funding people need to improve their health and pursue education, training and other opportunities in life."

"Every year, thousands of children and young people come to MCM alone and in crisis. They have lived with instability, fear and trauma and have been told over and over again that there is no housing for them. Investments like this give hope back to young people."

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Home Time is a national campaign supported by over 120 organisations across Australia, including homelessness services, housing providers, peak bodies, community groups, unions and members of the community.

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