Government withdraws funding to national homelessness and housing community organisations
Yfoundations is deeply disappointed at the news that funding is to be withdrawn from Homelessness Australia, National Shelter and the Community Housing Federation of Australia. These cuts are a false economy in that they damage important work by far more than the money retrieved.
Homelessness is everyone’s business. It is a national problem that requires a national level conversation as well as dialog on the State level. These organisations have been a critical part cooperative efforts to combat homelessness.
As well as their own efforts, the organisations representing the issues of housing and homelessness at the national level draw together networks of expertise from across the country. Currently Yfoundations participates in the national conversation through the National Youth Coalition for Housing, a federated member of Homelessness Australia. The government’s decision to withdraw funding from these organisations damages these networks and reduces the resources available to combat homelessness by substantially more than the money returned to the budget.
In addition, these organisations have for years worked with government as a conduit to communities with first hand experience of homelessness and of helping the homeless. Homelessness Australia, National Shelter and the Community Housing Federation of Australia have been providing critical expertise and telling hard truths to government. The funding cuts reduces the governments own ability to be effective in this space.