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Parliamentary Questions


Question Without Notice No. 259 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 June 2021 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

FIRST NATIONS HOMELESSNESS PROJECT

259. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Community Services:

I refer the minister to the First Nations Homelessness Project that is facing an uncertain future as the federal government ceases funding this month. Will the program be funded by the state government from the date the federal government ceases funding?

Hon SAMANTHA ROWE replied:

I thank the member for some notice of the question and provide the following answer on behalf of the Minister for Community Services.

The First Nations Homelessness Project has been funded by the commonwealth government for four years, with funding currently ceasing on 30 June 2021. The services provided by the First Nations Homelessness Project are similar to the Department of Communities' existing Thrive tenancy support program. The Department of Communities' $58 million budget for tenancy support services over five years has been fully allocated through a transparent and competitive tender process, in line with appropriate government procurement practices. The First Nations Homelessness Project did not submit a tender proposal.

The Thrive tenancy support program supports public housing clients to connect with existing services, and takes a collaborative and preventive approach that aims to identify issues early and engage with clients before complex problems develop or a crisis occurs. Thrive services are provided through Outcare, Mission Australia Housing, Wanslea, Nirrumbuk Environmental Health and Services, and the Ngaanyatjarra Council.