Our home­less rate is set to rise

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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