Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the State Government was seeking tenders for the first $6 million of a new $20 million Homelessness Prevention Fund.
The $20 million Homelessness Prevention Fund is part of the Marshall Government’s $550 million housing and homelessness strategy released late last year.
“Put simply, our new $550 million 10-year housing and homelessness strategy aims to help South Australians into homeownership, prevent people falling into homelessness and ensure public housing is available for our most vulnerable,” said Minister Lensink.
“As part of that, the $20 million Homelessness Prevention Fund aims to prevent people falling into homelessness in the first place.
“We’re asking organisations to put forward their expressions of interest so we can trial new approaches, with the aim of diverting people away from crisis homelessness services and into stable, safe and long-term housing.
“Substantial reform to the sector has not happened for about 10 years, and this prevention fund will be a big part of the reform process.
“The State Government moved swiftly to ensure vital homelessness services were in place to support thousands of vulnerable South Australians as the coronavirus swept the country.
“The emergence of COVID-19 highlights more than ever we need to ensure the system is working well – so we’re pushing ahead with this plan.
“Currently, we have a homelessness system that is outdated, expensive and does not achieve real outcomes for South Australians who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and people using the system have told us it’s not working for them.
“We’re spending millions of dollars every year on crisis accommodation – and this does not provide long-term solutions for people experiencing homelessness and that’s why reform in this area is critical.
“I urge organisations to put forward their ideas and apply for this tender. Together, with the sector and the community, we can work towards the collective aim of getting people off the streets for good and into safe and stable housing – and keep it.”
The tender, available at www.tenders.sa.gov.au, closes on 11 June 2020.