A National Homelessness Strategy: why we need it

Australia is at a critical juncture in its approach to supporting some of its most vulnerable people. How a nation chooses to provide housing and support to those in need, underpins its commitment to the safety and security of its peoples, and is a measure of its contract to care for all.
Central to this commitment is our country’s Specialist Homelessness Services system (SHS) which provides almost 300,000 Australians each year, with vital homelessness services skilled to assist them in their hour of need. SHS deliver high quality, client centred services across Australia. These prevent and end homelessness through a range of crisis, short and longer-term support services to people that are at risk of or experiencing homelessness. SHS work to minimise the damage wreaked by homelessness on individuals, families, children and the community. Our SHS strive to maximise pathways out of homeless and away from its costs to health and well-being, while maximising social and economic participation outcomes.

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