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The Sydney Alliance cautiously welcomes the announcement by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Social Housing, Pru Goward aiming to “halve street homelessness by 2025.”
The Alliance has been consistently calling for much greater targets of social and affordable housing for a number of years, without which any targets to reduce street homelessness may be seen as shifting the problem to other areas and places.
“We look forward to seeing the specifics of this program and, if indeed, it places housing as a first priority for homeless people. Placing more ambulances at the bottom of the cliff will not solve the actual problem which is one of unaffordable and insecure housing”
says Magnus Linder, Co-chair of the Sydney Alliance Affordable Housing Action Team.
Adds Jemima Mowbray, also Co-Chair of the Sydney Alliance Affordable Housing Team,
“There are significantly more homeless people who are invisible to many in our city because they are sleeping in cars, couch surfing or staying temporarily with friends or family but have no security or safety. These people also need to be helped, because they are the next to end up on the street.
“The Sydney Alliance hopes that Sydney, which is now regarded as one of the most expensive cities in the world to live, will give more than just words and platitudes to an endemic and entrenched problem.”
The Sydney Alliance will be keeping our government to account and supporting the many wonderful organisations who will be implementing these programs and ensuring that these targets are not just election statements, but a genuine commitment to assist many of the most vulnerable in this city.
Contact: Magnus Linder 0417 487 052