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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 2990..


The ACT Government is presently considering a range of initiatives to achieve this target and will respond periodically with advice on progress in meeting affordable housing targets for the City West Precinct to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Housing-full market renters

(Question No 450)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 30 June 2005:

(1) If the percentage of full market renters residing in public housing properties is set to decline, does this directly impact upon the revenue raised from their rents that contributes to subsidise other tenants on rental rebates;

(2) What alternate revenue streams will Housing ACT seek to access to continue to subsidise rents for tenants in receipt of a rebate.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes

(2) Declining financial viability is an issue facing all State/Territory public housing authorities. Housing ACT is seeking to utilise benchmarking results taken by other jurisdictions to identify potential efficiencies and the development of possible revenue options for the Government's consideration.

Housing-homelessness

(Question No 451)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 30 June 2005:

What plans or arrangements is the Government considering putting in place to offer homeless or people living "on the street"overnight accommodation in a purpose-built shelter.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

There are five purpose built crisis accommodation facilities in the ACT:

Beryl Women's Refuge, for up to two family groups of women and children escaping domestic violence in their purpose built facility;

Toora House, for up to ten single women;

The Society of St Vincent de Paul's Samaritan House, for up to twelve single men;

The Salvation Army's LASA house, for up to ten young people; and

Doris Women's Refuge, for up to five family groups of women and children escaping domestic violence.

These services offer crisis accommodation to people experiencing homelessness for up to three months, with a degree of flexibility in the accommodation period to ensure that people do not end up on the streets after their time in a homelessness service.


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