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Australian Homeless Persons' Week 2013 puts hidden homelessness in focus

English.news.cn   2013-08-01 10:27:11            

CANBERRA, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The key focus of Australian National Homeless Persons' Week 2013, officially launched in Adelaide Thursday and runs from Monday 5th August to Sunday 11th August, will be tackling hidden homelessness, Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Homelessness Doug Cameron confirmed in a statement Thursday.

Doug Cameron said that the government has delivered 25,000 AU dollars (almost 22,536 US dollars) to Homelessness Australia towards National Homeless Persons' Week 2013. This decision means this year's theme is an important reminder that most people who are homeless are not on the streets.

"While rough sleeping is what most people associate with homelessness, there are other forms of homelessness that we may not be as conscious of but that severely impacts on the lives of many vulnerable Australians," He said.

"There are people couch surfing or sleeping in the back of their car, women and children fleeing family and domestic violence and having to stay in temporary or crisis accommodation, and families who simply can no longer afford the rent," He added.

"Building our community's knowledge of homelessness is essential to addressing it, because to resolve an issue, we must understand it."

And he also said the Australian government "remained steadfast in its commitment" to halving the rate of homelessness and provide supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who seek it by 2020.

"We have invested an unprecedented 31 billion AU dollars ( almost 27.94 billion US dollars) to help make housing more affordable and assist people to move out of homelessness," Cameron said.

According to him, the transitional National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness will see 320 million AU dollars (almost 288.45 million US dollars) in joint federal and state and territory funding in 2013-14.

This includes 43 million AU dollars (almost 38.76 million US dollars) in Australian government funding for capital and development projects that help people move out of homelessness into safe and sustainable housing.

Editor: Fu Peng
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