Implementation of the White Paper:  The Road Home: A National Approach to Reducing Homelessness  in Queensland
The Queensland Context  <ul><li>In Queensland  </li></ul><ul><li>the second highest number of homeless people (26,782) are...
The Homelessness National Partnership Agreement  <ul><li>The interim targets of the Homelessness National Partnership Agre...
The Homelessness National Partnership Agreement  <ul><li>The Commonwealth is contributing $99.39 million over four years f...
Reducing Homelessness in Queensland – the Foundations  <ul><ul><li>The implementation of the White Paper in Queensland wil...
Reducing Homelessness in Queensland – a new approach  <ul><li>The new approach to reducing homelessness aims to: </li></ul...
Reducing Homelessness in Queensland - a new approach  <ul><li>In Queensland, the new national directions provide an opport...
How can this be achieved - The Nation Building and Jobs Plan <ul><li>The Nation Building and Jobs Plan (Economic Stimulus ...
Opportunities - The Nation Building and Jobs Plan (cont.) <ul><li>Funding for Queensland will made available in two stages...
Opportunities – new Departmental arrangements <ul><li>The new departmental arrangements after the recent State election ha...
Opportunities – Collaboration and  co-operation <ul><li>Reducing homelessness in Queensland will require the continued sup...
Next steps….. <ul><li>State Government and Commonwealth endorsement for an implementation plan for the Homelessness Nation...
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    1. 1. Implementation of the White Paper: The Road Home: A National Approach to Reducing Homelessness in Queensland
    2. 2. The Queensland Context <ul><li>In Queensland </li></ul><ul><li>the second highest number of homeless people (26,782) are homeless – the second highest number in Australia </li></ul><ul><li>19% (5,089) of these people experience primary homelessness (rough sleeping) </li></ul><ul><li>(ABS, 2006 Census). </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Homelessness National Partnership Agreement <ul><li>The interim targets of the Homelessness National Partnership Agreement mean: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1,875 fewer Queenslanders who are homeless; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>805 fewer Indigenous Queenslanders who are homeless; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1,272 fewer rough sleepers in Queensland. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By 2013 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And under the Remote Indigenous Housing National Partnership, a reduction of 153 Indigenous Queenslanders who are homeless in remote communities </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. The Homelessness National Partnership Agreement <ul><li>The Commonwealth is contributing $99.39 million over four years from 2009‑10 to reduce homelessness though the Homelessness National Partnership Agreement (in addition to the existing bilateral agreement relating to A Place to Call Home). </li></ul><ul><li>The State Government is to match this funding </li></ul>
    5. 5. Reducing Homelessness in Queensland – the Foundations <ul><ul><li>The implementation of the White Paper in Queensland will build on the foundations established through the: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Responding to Homelessness Initiative - $235million over 4 years (2005-09) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>established a range of new and innovative services to assist people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The One Social Housing System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>provides a needs-based allocation system for social housing targeted at individuals and families at most risk, particularly those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Queensland Compact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>sets out expectations and commitments for the Queensland Government and the non-profit Community Services Sector to work together to benefit the community </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Reducing Homelessness in Queensland – a new approach <ul><li>The new approach to reducing homelessness aims to: </li></ul><ul><li>Address the blockages in the current system to enable people to be placed in stable accommodation quickly; </li></ul><ul><li>Provide flexible, tailored support that is matched to individuals’ needs for the intensity and duration that the client requires it; </li></ul><ul><li>Fill gaps in the existing service system to enable a continuum of response from prevention, early intervention, crisis, transitional and mainstream services; </li></ul><ul><li>Promote shared responsibility for identifying and addressing homelessness through mainstream, and specialist homelessness services; </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate services, including co-ordinated policies, planning, delivery and case management; and </li></ul><ul><li>Maximise efficiency and effectiveness of services and improved systems. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Reducing Homelessness in Queensland - a new approach <ul><li>In Queensland, the new national directions provide an opportunity to: </li></ul><ul><li>Realign policy and program objectives to focus on reducing homelessness. </li></ul><ul><li>Free up crisis accommodation by moving people to longer term accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>Provide intensive supportive accommodation for the chronically homeless to end their homelessness permanently. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a continuum of support for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness through tenancy support programs and flexible tenancy management models. </li></ul><ul><li>Assist young people to transition to independent living through the right mix of support and accommodation (where it is not appropriate for the young person to reconnect with family). </li></ul><ul><li>Improve transitional planning and post care support for people exiting corrective service, juvenile justice and health facilities and young people exiting out of home care. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve service co-ordination and integration through regional level co-ordination </li></ul><ul><li>Provide local solutions to local issues through community wide planning. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilise the increase in social housing provision to place more people directly into stable accommodation </li></ul>
    8. 8. How can this be achieved - The Nation Building and Jobs Plan <ul><li>The Nation Building and Jobs Plan (Economic Stimulus Package) provides an unprecedented opportunity to address the blockages in the current homelessness service system </li></ul><ul><li>Queensland can expect to receive almost $1.3 billion over 3 years based on its per capita share of the national funding. </li></ul><ul><li>This will allow the addition of up to 4,000 new dwellings to the Queensland social housing portfolio </li></ul>
    9. 9. Opportunities - The Nation Building and Jobs Plan (cont.) <ul><li>Funding for Queensland will made available in two stages: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stage 1 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commonwealth has offered $138 million for construction of dwellings which must be completed by 30 June 2010. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stage 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commonwealth has offered funding of $1.06 billion for construction of new dwellings between 2009/10 – 2011/12, with 75% to be completed by December 2010. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Opportunities – new Departmental arrangements <ul><li>The new departmental arrangements after the recent State election have resulted in 23 stand-alone government departments streamlined into 13. </li></ul><ul><li>As part of these new arrangements the Department of Communities incorporates community and youth justice, housing and homelessness, child safety, disability, Indigenous and sport and recreation functions. </li></ul><ul><li>This represents an opportunity to provide joined-up government responses and better integrate front line services through place based responses. </li></ul><ul><li>These arrangements mirror those at the national level – the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - providing an opportunity to better integrate and align homelessness responses across levels of Government. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Opportunities – Collaboration and co-operation <ul><li>Reducing homelessness in Queensland will require the continued support and involvement of the non-government sector including peak bodies, statewide networks and service delivery agencies </li></ul><ul><li>The Queensland Government is committed to the principles outlined in the Queensland Compact </li></ul><ul><li>The non-government sector has been involved in the identification of priorities and development of an implementation plan for the Homelessness National Partnership Agreement through a joint Homelessness Reform Working Group </li></ul>
    12. 12. Next steps….. <ul><li>State Government and Commonwealth endorsement for an implementation plan for the Homelessness National Partnership Agreement </li></ul><ul><li>Development of a workplan to deliver the national reforms identified in the White Paper – monitored by Housing Ministers and by the COAG Reform Council </li></ul><ul><li>Review of the Queensland Homelessness Policy Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Establish governance arrangements to oversee implementation arrangements including an ongoing engagement strategy with the NGO sector </li></ul>

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