The current National Affordable Accord has ambitious goals to increase the affordability of housing as a whole, but it has relatively few levers to achieve these goals and is underfunded. Similarly, the National Homelessness Partnership Agreement does not have sufficient resources and seeks to reduce homelessness, while other policy reforms, such as the reduction of social security benefits, contribute to increasing homelessness .”People who are homeless or threatened with homelessness achieve sustainable housing and social inclusion.” The agreement focuses on three key strategies to reduce homelessness: the NHHA includes 125 million $US, planned in 2019-20 for homeless services. States and territories will adapt this funding. NAHA is supported by the National Health Partnership Agreement (NPAH). Learn more about NPAH: www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/housing-support/programmes-services/homelessness/national-partnership-agreement-on-homelessness In 2013-2014, 423 requests for homeless assistance could not be met every day. Without NPAH services, this figure will increase dramatically. Measures to address homelessness are currently funded under the National Affordable Accord (NAHA). 80,000 clients are supported each year by NPAH-funded programs to rebuild their lives. Without these programs, many of these clients will not be able to be helped and will remain homeless or homeless. Under the NHHA, to secure funding, state and territory governments must have publicly accessible housing and homelessness strategies and help improve data collection and reporting. Originally a three-year agreement between the Commonwealth and state/territory governments, the NPAH has been “renewed” every year for the past two years (2012-13 and 2013-14). Homelessness strategies should address priority NHHA cohorts and outline reforms or initiatives to reduce the incidence of homelessness. Priority cohorts of homelessness include: Annual funding has a significant impact on the ability of services to work efficiently and advance planning.
The practice of announcing extensions within a few months of the expiration date of the previous iteration of the NPAH creates great uncertainty and has a negative impact on those affected or threatened by homelessness. The National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) began on 1 July 2018 and makes approximately $1.5 billion available to states and territories each year to improve Australians` access to safe and affordable housing across the full range of housing. . . .