30/04/2021 | Michelle Lensink MLC | Better Services

In the biggest shake-up of homelessness services in more than a decade, our most vulnerable South Australians will finally be able to get support that will see them housed and stay housed for longer.

Following extensive consultation and a competitive tender process, the Marshall Liberal Government is today announcing an Australian-first Alliance approach to homelessness that will deliver homelessness and domestic and family violence services across SA, including our regions.

Five new alliances, made up of - Adelaide South, Adelaide North, Country South, Country North and Domestic and Family Violence – will be required to:
* Intervene early to prevent people falling into homelessness
* Support people into safe, stable and long-term housing so they don’t cycle in-and-out of homelessness

South Australia spends more than $70 million annually on homelessness services equating to almost $200,000 a day – and yet people are still cycling in and out of the system.

The reforms will maintain homelessness funding and ensure we’re getting the most out of taxpayer dollars.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the reforms were a long-time coming.

“We want better outcomes for our most vulnerable and today we draw a line in the sand to ensure we achieve that,” said Minister Lensink.

“We’re really excited to be spearheading an Australian-first Alliance approach that places a strong focus on early intervention to prevent South Australians from becoming homeless in the first place.

“South Australians experiencing homelessness told us that that system was hard to navigate and wasn’t working for them and that’s why we pushed ahead with this long[1]overdue and much-needed reform.”

Among the new alliances, the new domestic and family violence alliance will work together to support at-risk women and children.

“More than ever before, it’s critical our domestic violence services are working together to support at-risk women and children into safe accommodation,” said Minister Lensink.

For the first-time, a renewed focus on mental health is a major focus of the new Adelaide South alliance.

“We know that mental health issues and homelessness often go hand in hand and tackling this issue through targeted support is key to helping reduce homelessness in South Australia,” said Minister Lensink.

The new alliances will begin delivering services from July 1, 2021.

Background: 

  • The SA Housing Authority been working closely with homelessness providers over many months, including supporting them through the competitive tender process.
  • In 2020-21, a total of $71.5 million is committed to specialised homelessness services, up from $67.9 million the previous year.
  • In addition to this funding, the Marshall Liberal Government has committed an additional $20 million towards a new Homelessness Prevention Fund as part of our new $550 million housing and homelessness strategy.