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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2178 ..

the complex in Dickson I was warmly invited into their homes and I could see the love and care they had brought and the great work already underway with the new garden, barely a week after they moved in.

As at 30 June 2021 the program has seen relocation offers made to over 485 households, with 190 households already living in their new home and a further 102 households waiting for a suitable property in order to relocate. While the expanded program sets targets to renew 1,000 properties and grow the portfolio by at least 400 homes, achievement of these targets will not be linear and the program will be flexible in its delivery to ensure the needs of current and future tenants are being appropriately met.

The program supports the provision of safe, affordable and appropriate housing to help those most in need in our community to secure and sustain long-term and appropriate housing, contributing to a safer and more inclusive community. I present the following paper:

Growing and Renewing Public Housing—Update—Ministerial statement, 3 August 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Homelessness—government support

Ministerial statement

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (12.02): As we enter our homelessness week I provide an update to the Assembly on new programs to address homelessness in the ACT. The experience or risk of homelessness is one of the most distressing and difficult occurrences that can happen to someone. When we lose our home, we lose our sense of security and stability that helps us make decisions about other things in our life. The people that work in Canberra’s specialist homelessness sector understand the complexity and the distress that face people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Canberra’s specialist homelessness sector is passionate and hardworking and offers person-centred services. They understand that when you are working with people who are often managing complex situations it is not a one-size-fits-all. They often play an essential role in our efforts, as government, to end homelessness across the ACT. Through OneLink, the territory’s central intake provider for homelessness services, people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness discuss their situation with OneLink’s trained staff and are linked to appropriate specialist help, whether that is primarily accommodation or other concerns.

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