MINISTER for Housing Wendy Lovell has committed $124.4 million over four years to maintain Victoria’s funding commitment to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness in the Victorian 2014/15 State Budget.
Ms Lovell said the national partnership agreement is vital to supporting the most vulnerable people in our community.
“This $124.4 million investment will provide funding for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and will also provide vital support for domestic violence services," she said.
“I’m thrilled to be able to make this important announcement today - it is another step forward in the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to ensuring a better future for Victoria’s most vulnerable people,” Ms Lovell said.
“This investment will increase our homelessness services’ capacity ..."
“Not only does this investment provide stability to the sector and services funded under the national agreement, it also provides continued support for those vulnerable people who access these critical services.
“It will also provide support to children who may be at risk of homelessness through intensive longer term support and early intervention services.”
The Bendigo Advertiser last month reported the issue of youth homelessness goes far wider than people living in the streets.
Megan Griffiths and a group of fellow Bendigo TAFE students say the issue is often under-represented, with many not understanding the full extent of the problem.
"Most people just aren't aware of how often it happens and how much of a problem it is for young people," Ms Griffiths said.
"When people have no home, they often have no basic hygiene products either.
"They are lacking general items like a toothbrush, a shower, tampons, pads - things that are quite necessary to keep someone healthy."