Government unveils new homelessness action plan

Andrew Powell
Andrew Powell – State Member for Glass House

More supported accommodation and an overhaul of the intake system will help halve the rate of homelessness in Queensland by 2020.
Launched yesterday by Housing Minister Tim Mander, the Homelessness-to-Housing 2020 Strategy will deliver extra ‘bricks and mortar’ initiatives, as well as reform service delivery to fix the root causes of homelessness.
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP said that would mean more supported accommodation facilities right around the state as well as a more strategic approach to client support.
“More accommodation is an important first step but we’re looking to build resilience, not just reliance,” Mr Powell said.
“One of the best ways to do that is to recognise the reasons that have led to someone becoming homeless in the first place and work with them to overcome those issues and get their life back on track.
“The Homelessness-to-Housing Strategy includes an initial triage system to identify an individual’s specific needs and then tailor an individual response to get them on the path to independence.”
Mr Powell said while it was difficult to put an exact figure on local homelessness it remained a major issue across the state.
“Current figures suggest as many as 20,000 Queenslanders are homeless, with 27 per cent of them being children under 18,” he said.
“As far as I’m concerned it is unacceptable to have people reduced to living on the streets or in their cars or forced into overcrowded or unsafe conditions just to have a roof over their head.
“That’s why this Strategy is so important and why I will be working closely with the Minister to make sure it is a success.”