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  • Implementation of the White Paper: The Road Home: A National Approach to Reducing Homelessness in Queensland
  • The Queensland Context
    • In Queensland
    • the second highest number of homeless people (26,782) are homeless – the second highest number in Australia
    • 19% (5,089) of these people experience primary homelessness (rough sleeping)
    • (ABS, 2006 Census).
  • The Homelessness National Partnership Agreement
    • The interim targets of the Homelessness National Partnership Agreement mean:
      • 1,875 fewer Queenslanders who are homeless;
      • 805 fewer Indigenous Queenslanders who are homeless; and
      • 1,272 fewer rough sleepers in Queensland.
      • By 2013
      • And under the Remote Indigenous Housing National Partnership, a reduction of 153 Indigenous Queenslanders who are homeless in remote communities
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  • The Homelessness National Partnership Agreement
    • 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).
    • The State Government is to match this funding
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  • Reducing Homelessness in Queensland – the Foundations
      • The implementation of the White Paper in Queensland will build on the foundations established through the:
      • The Responding to Homelessness Initiative - $235million over 4 years (2005-09)
        • established a range of new and innovative services to assist people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
      • The One Social Housing System
        • 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.
      • The Queensland Compact
        • sets out expectations and commitments for the Queensland Government and the non-profit Community Services Sector to work together to benefit the community
  • Reducing Homelessness in Queensland – a new approach
    • The new approach to reducing homelessness aims to:
    • Address the blockages in the current system to enable people to be placed in stable accommodation quickly;
    • Provide flexible, tailored support that is matched to individuals’ needs for the intensity and duration that the client requires it;
    • Fill gaps in the existing service system to enable a continuum of response from prevention, early intervention, crisis, transitional and mainstream services;
    • Promote shared responsibility for identifying and addressing homelessness through mainstream, and specialist homelessness services;
    • Integrate services, including co-ordinated policies, planning, delivery and case management; and
    • Maximise efficiency and effectiveness of services and improved systems.
  • Reducing Homelessness in Queensland - a new approach
    • In Queensland, the new national directions provide an opportunity to:
    • Realign policy and program objectives to focus on reducing homelessness.
    • Free up crisis accommodation by moving people to longer term accommodation
    • Provide intensive supportive accommodation for the chronically homeless to end their homelessness permanently.
    • Provide a continuum of support for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness through tenancy support programs and flexible tenancy management models.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • Improve service co-ordination and integration through regional level co-ordination
    • Provide local solutions to local issues through community wide planning.
    • Utilise the increase in social housing provision to place more people directly into stable accommodation
  • How can this be achieved - The Nation Building and Jobs Plan
    • The Nation Building and Jobs Plan (Economic Stimulus Package) provides an unprecedented opportunity to address the blockages in the current homelessness service system
    • Queensland can expect to receive almost $1.3 billion over 3 years based on its per capita share of the national funding.
    • This will allow the addition of up to 4,000 new dwellings to the Queensland social housing portfolio
  • Opportunities - The Nation Building and Jobs Plan (cont.)
    • Funding for Queensland will made available in two stages:
        • Stage 1
          • Commonwealth has offered $138 million for construction of dwellings which must be completed by 30 June 2010.
        • Stage 2
          • 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.
  • Opportunities – new Departmental arrangements
    • The new departmental arrangements after the recent State election have resulted in 23 stand-alone government departments streamlined into 13.
    • 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.
    • This represents an opportunity to provide joined-up government responses and better integrate front line services through place based responses.
    • 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.
  • Opportunities – Collaboration and co-operation
    • 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
    • The Queensland Government is committed to the principles outlined in the Queensland Compact
    • 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
  • Next steps…..
    • State Government and Commonwealth endorsement for an implementation plan for the Homelessness National Partnership Agreement
    • Development of a workplan to deliver the national reforms identified in the White Paper – monitored by Housing Ministers and by the COAG Reform Council
    • Review of the Queensland Homelessness Policy Statement
    • Establish governance arrangements to oversee implementation arrangements including an ongoing engagement strategy with the NGO sector