Catherine Yeomans, CEO Mission Australia in response to media reports (The Australian: $9bn home affordability scheme to be dumped in May budget) that the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) would be scrapped, said:

“It’s deeply concerning to learn that social housing and homeless funding may be scrapped with no sense of what, if anything, would replace it.

“This money funds vital homelessness services across Australia. The impact on the most vulnerable in our society, were it ended, would be significant. I urge the Federal Government to urgently clarify if these reports are accurate.

“There has been much discussion about overhauling current homelessness and social housing funding. Mission Australia, along with many in the sector, has welcomed all efforts to deliver affordable housing and better services for homeless people. But simply scrapping NAHA without a clear replacement is illogical and extremely disconcerting.

“These latest reports, yet again, create huge uncertainty for those accessing homeless services.”

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