New national program to tackle homelessness kicks off in South Australia

Melbourne, AustraliaFebruary 12th, 2014

The State Government is joining forces with The Big Issue, to help provide more affordable housing and support for homeless people.
Premier Jay Weatherill has announced a $400,000 grant and city office space for The Big Issue.

This will allow the organisation to open its first office for its new national Homes for Homes initiative, being launched today.

Under the program, people and organisations involved in property transactions will be encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation of a portion of the proceeds of a property sale
to the Homes for Homes program.

The donations will go towards providing affordable homes and homelessness support. The program has the potential to deliver up to 180 affordable homes across the State and 2500 nationally.

“South Australia has been a leader in providing support for homeless people and for affordable housing,” Mr Weatherill said.

“We have the lowest percentage of homelessness per capita and the highest proportion of public housing in Australia and we are again leading the nation through this initiative.

“Housing is the single largest expense in a family budget, which is why we have made keeping South Australia an affordable place to live a priority.

“We all have a role to play in supporting the most vulnerable – Government, the private sector and the broader community.

 

Read more > SA Government – Homes for Homes media release

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