MEDIA RELEASE - NEW DATA REVEALS 600 PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS IN DUNKLEY - 5 AUGUST 2020

PETA MURPHY MP
MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY

 

NEW DATA REVEALS 600 PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS IN DUNKLEY

New data released this week from Homelessness Australia has revealed 600 people are homeless in Dunkley and there is a shortfall of 3,000 social housing dwellings.

As part of the “Everybody’s Home” for Homelessness Week (3 – 8 August), the interactive heat maps reveal that our community has a significant problem with homelessness, and the Morrison Government needs to do more to address this crisis.

Federal Member for Dunkley Peta Murphy says the solution to homelessness is a no brainer.

“For months Labor has been calling on the Morrison Government to fund the construction of more social housing. This would help put a roof over the head of Australians who desperately need it,” Ms Murphy said.

The COVID-19 crisis has made it even clearer just how important safe and affordable housing is.

In the last few months, more than 7,000 people sleeping rough or at risk of sleeping rough have been provided with a bed in one of the many empty motel and hotel rooms.

“The National Cabinet needs to make sure that the homeless Australians we helped at the height of the pandemic are not thrown back on the street in the next few months”.

“State Governments have already done some good work here, but we need national leadership.”

During the Global Financial Crisis the former Labor Government invested $5.638 billion in the construction of nearly 20,000 new social housing dwellings and repaired a further 80,000 existing properties. 

Peta Murphy is a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs who are currently conducting an inquiry into Homelessness in Australia.

 

DATE: 5 AUGUST 2020

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Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.