17 May 2017

Inquiry into funding programs to reduce homelessness

This Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Inquiry into the funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness in Australia comprehensively examines the funding of  Specialist Homelessness Services (SHSs) and other services assisting those experiencing homelessness.

Government funding accounts for 84.6 percent of funding provided to SHSs , and only about one-third of services indicate that they are able to meet client demand with current funding. Non-government funding sources include philanthropic foundations, the corporate sector and other fundraising and sponsorship groups, but they all play a minor role in homelessness services.

Further areas for policy development are suggested in the report, including greater stability of government funding of homelessness services and supportive measures to increase the level of non-government funding.

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