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  • he Road Home - The Australian Government White Paper on Homelessness  On 21 December 2008, the Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP and former Minister for Housing, Tanya Plibersek MP, released the Government's White Paper on Homelessness: The Road Home. The Road Home - Full Report Executive Summary Government Launches White Paper on Homelessness - Media Release by the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP The Road Home sets the strategic agenda for reducing homelessness to 2020. Homelessness can affect anyone and reducing it is everyone's responsibility. Working together, with national leadership and towards a common goal, homelessness can be prevented. Australia's efforts to reduce homelessness have to be urgent, as well as sustained. Specifically, The Road Home goals by 2020 are to: Halve overall homelessness; and Offer supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who need it. Future effort and investment should occur in three strategies of: Turning Off the Tap: Services will intervene early to prevent homelessness. Improving and expanding services which aim to end homelessness: Services will be more connected, integrated and responsive to achieve sustainable housing, improve social and economic participation and end homelessness for their clients. Breaking the Cycle: People who become homeless will move quickly through crisis system into stable housing with the support they need so that homelessness does not recur. Please Note: To obtain a hard copy of the White Paper on Homelessness: The Road Home, please call 1800 774 055 or email homelessness (homelessness@nationalmailing.com.au) If you made a Green Paper submission and provided your contact details, you will automatically receive a hardcopy of the White Paper as soon as it is available.
  • We have about 165 Specialist Youth Homeless Projects in NSW
  • 6.13 Michael Coffey

    1. 1. What do we mean by home ? <ul><li>A Safe place, Stability, feeling supported, </li></ul><ul><li>Basic needs met, Protected, Learning environment, a </li></ul><ul><li>a caring place, an opportunity , , Fun, Sense of belonging, Connected to community, Relationship with others, Experiment and making mistakes, </li></ul><ul><li>Able to leave and come back, Positive and guiding relationships, Loving, Unconditional, Non judgemental , Shelter and other amenities, A place where conflict is dealt with positively , Family, Values , Trust, Boundaries, Discipline, Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>ITS NOT JUST HOUSE - LESS - NESS </li></ul>
    2. 2. So what do we mean by homeless? ‘ VISIBLE’ HOMELESS (13%) Primary - those who sleep ‘rough’ ‘ INVISIBLE’ HOMELESS (87%) Secondary - those who frequently move from one place to another, including specialist homeless clients Tertiary - people who live in boarding houses, or accommodation without own bathroom, kitchen or security of tenure.
    3. 4. <ul><li>44,000 + CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (0 – 25 YEARS) </li></ul><ul><li>ARE HOMELESS EVERY NIGHT IN AUSTRALIA </li></ul><ul><li>THIS IS 43% OF THE 105,000 PEOPLE </li></ul><ul><li>WHO ARE HOMELESSNESS EVERY NIGHT IN AUSTRALIA </li></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>WHERE ARE THEY ? </li></ul><ul><li>From the last census data in 2006 : </li></ul><ul><li>19% are in specialist </li></ul><ul><li>homelessness services </li></ul><ul><li>16% are sleeping rough </li></ul><ul><li>The majority are with friends, relatives or couch surfing or places like boarding houses. </li></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>YOUTH PATHWAYS INTO ADULT HOMELESSNESS </li></ul><ul><li>In a recent study of adult homelessness. </li></ul><ul><li>42% had been in State Care and protection programs when they were young.. </li></ul>
    6. 7. WHY? ARE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HOMELESS <ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>breakdown </li></ul><ul><li>Access to </li></ul><ul><li>affordable </li></ul><ul><li>housing and </li></ul><ul><li>rents </li></ul>
    7. 8. WHY? ARE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HOMELESS <ul><li>… .. only a </li></ul><ul><li>6% of young people </li></ul><ul><li>are homeless </li></ul><ul><li>due to AOD </li></ul><ul><li>issues. </li></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>Poverty, disadvantage, discrimination, exclusion, lack of access to employment opportunity, lack of adequate income, education, health and legal support and ‘systemic failures’. </li></ul>WHY? ARE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HOMELESS
    9. 16. YAA 2007
    10. 17. YAA 2007 ‘
    11. 18. <ul><li>Supported Accommodation Assistance Program .. 1985 - 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Provides transitional supported accommodation and related support services in order to help people who are experiencing homelessness to achieve the maximum degree of self – reliance and independence”. </li></ul>
    12. 19. <ul><li>Small youth refuges (- not ‘shelters’). </li></ul><ul><li>Supported transitional accommodation. </li></ul><ul><li>Scatter site independent housing models. </li></ul><ul><li>Case management. </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrid / integrated ‘youth hub’ models. </li></ul><ul><li>Foyer like models. </li></ul><ul><li>Early intervention – Family Reconnect - services. </li></ul>
    13. 20. <ul><li>Youth (Homeless) Allowance </li></ul><ul><li>Medicare </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Transition to Independent Living Allowance. </li></ul>
    14. 21. <ul><li>National Affordable Housing Agreement / </li></ul><ul><li>A Road Home .. 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>To half all homelessness by 2020 </li></ul><ul><li>To offer supported accommodation to those rough sleepers that need it. </li></ul>
    15. 22. <ul><li>National Affordable Housing Agreement / </li></ul><ul><li>A Road Home .. 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Key result areas: </li></ul><ul><li>Turning off the tap. </li></ul><ul><li>Improving and expanding services. </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking the cycle. </li></ul>
    16. 23. <ul><li>In 2009-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>$442.6 million for 1550 homelessness projects. </li></ul><ul><li>34% supported young people. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional $800 million over five years 2009-2013 for 192 new projects . </li></ul>
    17. 24. <ul><li>Between 2001and 2006 there was a 20%+ decrease of 12-18 year olds experiencing homelessness. </li></ul>
    18. 25. <ul><li>In 2009-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>1 in every 65 young people aged 15-19 years become a client of a specialist youth homeless service. </li></ul><ul><li>18% identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. </li></ul>
    19. 26. 1 in 2 OF REQUESTS FOR ACCOMMODATION ARE TURNED AWAY EACH DAY <ul><li>THE DEMAND FOR SUPPORT </li></ul><ul><li>AND HOUSING </li></ul><ul><li>FAR EXCEEDS THE SUPPLY … </li></ul>