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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

Homelessness in Adelaide back to pre-pandemic rate

JASON CLARE MP
FEDERAL SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND

NAT COOK MP 
STATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES

STEVE GEORGANAS MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE

 
HOMELESSNESS IN ADELAIDE BACK TO PRE-PANDEMIC RATE
 

Labor is calling on the Prime Minister to make homelessness a priority, as the number of rough sleepers in Adelaide has returned to pre-pandemic levels.
 
Federal Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Jason Clare, is in Adelaide today with State Shadow Minister for Human Services, Nat Cook, and Member for Adelaide, Steve Georganas, to highlight the rising rate of rough sleepers and lack of social and affordable housing in Adelaide. 
 
The Shadow Ministers will host a roundtable and meet with several homelessness and housing organisations, followed by a visit to the Hutt Street Centre.
 
At the height of the COVID pandemic, more than three hundred people who were sleeping rough in Adelaide were provided with a bed in one of the many empty motel and hotel rooms.
 
A recent report revealed only a third of people placed in temporary accommodation across the country have moved into permanent accommodation and many are back on the street. 
 
The number of rough sleepers in Adelaide is now back to pre-pandemic levels. When JobKeeper ends in March and JobSeeker is wound back, there is a real risk the number of homeless Aussies will rise further.
 
Labor has repeatedly called on Scott Morrison to make addressing homelessness a priority for national cabinet. But it hasn’t happened.
 
Labor has also called on the Morrison Government to repair and build more social housing, with a recent report from the Productivity Commission revealing there are fewer public housing dwellings in Australia now than there were ten years ago. 
 
Despite spending $100 billion on infrastructure in the Budget, the Prime Minister couldn’t find one extra cent for social housing. 
 
With more Australians homeless than ever before, it’s time for the Morrison Government to take action.
 
TUESDAY 9 MARCH 2021
 
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