Mayors tackle homelessness and lack of affordable housing


A lack of social and affordable housing coupled with inaction on homelessness risks entrenching disadvantage among Australians across our capital cities, the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors has warned.

The Council convened a national industry roundtable in Melbourne on 10 October, World Homeless Day, which featured community housing and homelessness services providers, business and research groups, and state and federal government representatives.

The meeting considered how to implement recommendations made by the CCCLM in its report, Capital Concern: Homelessness in Australian Cities, which was presented to federal ministers in September.

“Finding safe, secure, long term accommodation for those experiencing homelessness is our top priority,” Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp, said.

Delegates discussed housing targets, funding gaps and effective ways to hasten the building of social and community housing.

“Homelessness and disadvantage will become entrenched unless we address this critical shortage,” Lord Mayor Capp added.

The roundtable was held on the eve of the Treasurer’s Forum on Population in Canberra, which is working on a National Population and Planning Framework.

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