Reducing red tape for short-term emergency accommodation

“The Canberra Liberals recognise the demand for short term emergency accommodation in our city”

 Nicole Lawder MLA

Shadow Minister for Housing

The problem

There are a large number of people in Canberra experiencing homelessness and who are waiting for accommodation. The First Point report for June 2016 shows that at the end of June 2016, there were 666 people experiencing homelessness waiting for accommodation, and that unmet demand for assistance continues to be highest from single mother families, single women and single men who are experiencing homelessness.

 

The need

There is a demonstrable demand for short-term emergency accommodation in our city. While providing shelter is only a temporary approach for people experiencing homelessness, there are times when this is important, especially during Canberra’s harsh winter period.

 

The Canberra Liberals understand that sometimes red tape imposed by the Labor-Greens Government makes it more difficult that than it need be for basic services to be provided. For example, there is a Safe Shelter facility in Canberra for men experiencing homelessness. Safe Shelter ACT operates from the end of April to the end of September.[1] Current red tape has made it difficult for showers to be built on the Safe Shelter site. This is means that the basic services cannot be provided to some the city’s most needy.

 

The Canberra Liberals solution

If elected, the Canberra Liberals will make it easier for short-term emergency accommodation to operate by reducing the amount of red tape that they need to comply with.

 

We would also look at other options to make it easier for short-term emergency accommodation to operate in Canberra, for example, by repurposing selected vacant office space so it can be used to provide much needed crisis accommodation.

 

“The Canberra Liberals will make it easier for short-term emergency accommodation to operate in our city”

Nicole Lawder MLA

Shadow Minister for Housing

 

NOTE

[1] https://www.facebook.com/safeshelteract/