“[The] The Homelessness to a Home program was a humanitarian response recognizing that if nothing was done to provide a pathway to social housing and support for people struggling to keep their homes, it would become a bigger issue,” Smith said. .
“If we could expand the program, we would stop this turnover of emergency departments, prisons, psychiatric beds, general beds.
“If funding had been cut, half of the people with this type of complexity who don’t receive support tend to be out of social housing within two years and back to the front of the queue, and you’re from back to emergency services, and we’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to deal with health and mental health.
One of the program’s service providers was Wintringham, the country’s largest provider for homeless older people in Australia.
Chief Executive and Founder Bryan Lipmann described From Homelessness to a Home as “brilliant” and said he was delighted the government was funding it for the next year.
“The housing supply is insufficient to solve the problem of homelessness; you have to provide support to people,” Lipmann said. “This program, the best practice in the world, has delivered the holy grail of giving people housing and support. We have customers in the program, and this will allow them to continue renting and being supported. »
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