Labor initiated NAHA and will continue to support it, along with the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
Dumping NAHA would mark another assault on funding for homelessness services from the Turnbull government. NAHA includes a homelessness component of $250 million a year.
Threats to NAHA homelessness funding comes on top of the $44 million a year the Abbott government cut from homelessness funding under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness in its discredited 2014-15 Budget.
Labor has a strong record of support for people experiencing homelessness, initiating the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) and the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) which supports homelessness services delivered by State and Territory governments.
Labor began implementation of the recommendations of its homelessness White Paper, The Road Home, had a homelessness reduction target, and was providing increased financial support for prevention and early intervention to stop people becoming homeless.
Labor established the National Rental Affordability Scheme which, if it hadn’t been scrapped by the Abbott government, was on track to provide 50,000 new affordable rental homes.
Labor’s Social Housing Initiative (SHI) which began in February 2009 led to the construction of 19,740 new social housing homes and paid for long overdue repairs and maintenance of 80,537 existing social housing homes. The SHI provided 9,000 full-time construction industry jobs during the global financial crisis.
The Turnbull Government’s record on housing and homelessness policy is abysmal.
Since 2013, the Abbott and Turnbull Governments have:
Refused to countenance reform of negative gearing and capital gains tax;
Closed the National Rental Affordability Scheme that has provided over 38,000 new affordable housing units and was on track to achieve its target of 50,000;
Scrapped the First Home Saver Accounts Scheme which was helping people save for their first home;
Closed their ears and eyes by abolishing the National Housing Supply Council and the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness;
Cut $44 million a year from homelessness services;
- Failed to provide funding certainty under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness
A recent statement by Labor’s Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Senator Doug Cameron, on threats to NAHA is available here.
Labor will continue to defend NAHA, and where necessary, will reform those elements of NAHA that need improvement.