This post was written in March 2014.
There are approximately 3000 people working to end homelessness in Australia who are funded by the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
This funding seems to be at risk
as there is very little information available about whether it will be funded after 30 June this year. This is now the second year in a row that we have been waiting at this time of year as to whether it will be funded again. This is really hard as staff don’t whether to stay – or leave for more secure employment. It also means that some homelessness services are already starting to wind down as they don’t want to start work with homeless people who they may not be able to follow through with.
The big losers here are not the staff – it’s people who are homeless. They are getting a raw deal and not getting the innovation and effort that they deserve.
Waiting until the Federal Budget in May is not helpful or respectful for all the people involved in NPAH funded services – staff, volunteers and especially people who are homeless.