Registered Housing Agencies and funded Community Service Organisations will soon be able to access up to $35 million to deliver accommodation options for Victorians experiencing homelessness.
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today announced funding was now available for the second phase of the Accommodation for Homeless program as part of the Government’s $109 million response to homelessness, in addition to $10 million from the Community Sector Rooming House Upgrades project.
The funding will enable registered housing agencies and community service organisations to deliver up to 120 additional and upgraded crisis and longer-term accommodation options and upgrade existing sector owned rooming houses.
The Accommodation for Homeless program is designed to grow and enhance the supply of crisis and longer-term accommodation options for vulnerable Victorians, including young people, who may require support to get their lives back on track.
Projects may identify a crisis response for a target group or an accommodation solution which provides a long-term exit strategy from the homelessness service system.
It is anticipated that applications will include partnerships that provide innovative supports to homeless people to help them sustain their housing.
These groups include women and children escaping family violence, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, people experiencing chronic homelessness, rough sleeping and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
It is expected that projects will be across Victoria where it can be demonstrated there is a need for more or improved accommodation and service options for people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.
For more information on the submission process go to https://dhhs.vic.gov.au/helping-those-risk-or-experiencing-homelessness
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
“Homelessness affects people in different ways, which is why we need diversity in the solutions we offer.”
“The best way to provide a roof overhead for Victorians is to work together to determine how we can best support people to get off the streets, out of homelessness and into long term accommodation.”
“A home can provide stability for people and I’m sure that through this program we will see people thriving and able to be vital members of community.”