Last Friday, Family and Community Services Minister, Gabrielle Upton MP, released the results of the Government's tender process for the funding of specialist homelessness services, as well as announcing an additional $70 million support package to complement the Going Home Staying Home reforms.
In response to serious concerns from the homelessness sector, the Minister has restored $8.6 million to homeless services across the inner city, and allocated an extra $2 million a year over the next three years for specialist women's services.
I hope that this allows current services to continue their work while the new prevention services start their work helping people before they drift to the inner city.
While I join service providers in welcoming the additional funding measures, I share concerns that they do nothing to guarantee the future of many small, specialist NGOs, particularly those working with people who have complex needs and women's refuges.
I congratulate the homelessness sector for winning vital gains with their tireless advocacy. The City will work with service providers to understand the full impact the announcement will have on homelessness services in the inner city.