Budget Funding a Good Start for the Homeless

Budget Funding a Good Start for the Homeless

Kids Under Cover Welcomes Additional Provision for Homelessness Services

We welcome the federal budget commitment of $375.3 million over three years to extend housing funding for the homeless but, that said there is more to be done in putting an end to the problem.

Andy Coleman, Chair of the Kids Under Cover Board, said the maintenance of annual homelessness funding through the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA), previously provided under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH), would enable frontline services to continue to tackle homelessness issues, but the charity hoped there would be a greater emphasis on preventing the spiral of homelessness in the future.

“Kids Under Cover have had continued success with youth homelessness prevention initiatives, such as our relocatable studio program, which provides safe and secure accommodation for young people who are at risk of homelessness,” Mr Coleman said. “Our proven approach is about identifying the need and providing necessary accommodation before that need becomes a problem. With a continuing increase in demand for homelessness services, we would certainly welcome additional funding to support preventative measures and infrastructure from the federal and state governments in the future.

“We’re interested in the Government’s investment of $10 million over 10 years for social impact projects to support innovative approaches to reducing homelessness. We hope this funding will look at programs that exemplify the benefits and cost-effectiveness of prevention. Kids Under Cover are pleased to be an existing innovative solution to what can appear to an intractable problem.”

An independent report by The Nous Group found there was a 330% return on investment from the Kids Under Cover program studio program. For every dollar invested in a Kids Under Cover studio, on average $3.30 is saved by society in the form of reduced health and justice costs, and flow-on economic benefits.

Read the full press release HERE

Since 1989, Kids Under Cover has supported more than 3,000 young people and their families through its Studio Program, with further support offered through its scholarship programs. More information can be found at www.kuc.org.au

 


For further information please contact:
Tara Poole
Riis Strategic Consulting on behalf of Kids Under Cover
03 9410 4362 | 0410 600 788