Our homeless rate is set to rise
THE Central and North Burnett’s homeless rate will continue to climb if our nation’s leaders do not roll out a strong national plan of action for affordable housing.
The council to Homeless Persons chief executive officer Jenny Smith said every Federal Election candidate must commit themselves to ensuring all of our residents have permanent homes.
At the last Census, 1282 people living in the Central and North Burnett area were homeless.
The statistical area covers South and North Burnett.
Ms Smith expected our region’s homelessness to be higher when the results of this year’s Census were released.
She said this was because of Australia’s housing affordability crisis and a lack of government action.
She said she hoped the winners of the July 2 election would roll out a long-term plan to end homelessness.
“There is no electorate in Australia that doesn’t have people facing homelessness or sleeping rough on any given night,” Ms Smith said.
A Coalition spokeswoman said the Turnbull Government extended the annual National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness funding of $115 million for two more years.