Groups fear COVID-induced spike in homelessness

A number of Catholic organisations are members of the Everybody’s Home campaign (Everybody

More than 300 community groups have warned tens of thousands of Australian families could be left homeless if the Morrison Government does not boost support for social housing projects in this year’s Budget. Source: ABC News.

Charities have been inundated with requests for help from people who can no longer pay their rent because they have lost their job due to coronavirus restrictions.

It’s led hundreds of organisations to call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to increase Government support for affordable housing.

Kate Colvin is leading the Everybody’s Home campaign and said 30,000 properties need to be built over the next four years. She said it would address homelessness as well as the unemployment because “building housing creates jobs”.

A number of Catholic organisations are members of the Everybody’s Home campaign, including the St Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Mission, St Vincent’s Health and a number of diocesan CatholicCare agencies.

Ms Colvin is worried the number of people waiting for an affordable rental property will continue to grow unless the Government provides cash to build more homes for those with little to no money.

In a statement, the Federal Minister for Housing Michael Sukkar said the Government was making “ongoing investments” into social housing.

“Every year the federal Government provides more than $6 billion in Commonwealth Rent Assistance and support to the states and territories to deliver social housing through the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement,” Mr Sukkar said.

“The Morrison Government remains committed to this ongoing annual support.”

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Federal Government warned about rising risk of homelessness from COVID-19 (By Stephanie Borys, ABC News

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