New data released this week from Homelessness Australia has revealed 500 people are homeless in Ballarat and there is a shortfall of 3,100 social housing dwellings.
As part of the “Everybody’s Home” for Homelessness Week campaign (3 – 8 August), new interactive heat maps reveal that our community is not immune to homelessness, and the Morrison Government needs to do more to address this crisis.
Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King says the solution to homelessness is a no brainer.
“For months Labor has been calling on the Morrison Government to fund the construction of more social housing. This would be a win-win. It would provide work for thousands of tradies and put a roof over the head of Australians who desperately need it,” Ms King said.
“The COVID-19 crisis has made it even clearer just how important safe and affordable housing is.
“In the last few months, more than 7,000 people sleeping rough or at risk of sleeping rough have been provided with a bed in one of the many empty motel and hotel rooms.
“This proves that if the Morrison Government really wants to, it can significantly reduce the number of Australians sleeping rough” Ms King said.
The data reveals that homelessness is not just a problem in the cities, it’s an issue right here in Ballarat.
“The National Cabinet needs to make sure that the homeless Australians we helped at the height of the pandemic are not thrown back on the street in the next few months,” Ms King added.
“State Governments have already done some good work here, but we need national leadership.”
“It is not good enough that 500 members of our community are homeless. It isn’t good enough at normal times, let alone in the middle of a global pandemic and in the middle of a cold winter.
“During the Global Financial Crisis the former Labor Government invested $5.638 billion in the construction of nearly 20,000 new social housing dwellings and repaired a further 80,000 existing properties. “