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‘More Territorians experiencing homelessness will get the support they so desperately need’

The federal budget has more than doubled funding for housing and homelessness to the NT via a new $9.3 billion five-year National Agreement on Social Housing and Homelessness.

In 2023-24 the Territory received $22m for social housing and homelessness, but will more than double to $56m in the next budget cycle.

And the Territory’s funding pool is set to increase by $1m a year until 2027-28, with to a total of $251.4m allocated under the five-year scheme.

NT Shelter head of operations Annie Taylor said the funding increase was “unprecedented and game changing”.

Ms Taylor said money specifically to address homelessness had increased seven-fold, from $5.9m to $42.8m in 2024-25.

Ms Taylor said under previous funding models the Territory had struggled to meet demand, with one in 25 Territorians receiving homelessness assistance in 2022-23.

NT Shelter head of operations Annie Taylor said the funding increase was “unprecedented and game changing”.

NT Shelter head of operations Annie Taylor said the funding increase was “unprecedented and game changing”.

“The level of unmet demand for homelessness services in the NT rises year-on-year and our homelessness services are overstretched,” she said.

“Beyond the numbers, although they are significant, what this means in real terms is that more Territorians experiencing homelessness will get the support they so desperately need.”

While the Territory has a homelessness rate 12 times the national average, the NT’s share of the NASHH the less than 3 per cent of the $9bn fund.

Chief Minister Eva Lawler, Territory Families Minister Ngaree Ah Kit, and Prevention of Domestic Violence Minister Kate Worden. Picture: Pema Tamang Pakhrin

Chief Minister Eva Lawler, Territory Families Minister Ngaree Ah Kit, and Prevention of Domestic Violence Minister Kate Worden. Picture: Pema Tamang Pakhrin

Urban Housing Minister Ngaree Ah Kit said the five-year agreement would allow $25 million for crisis and transitional accommodation for youth, and women and children escaping domestic and family violence.

Ms Ah Kit said there was also a $25 million bonus for essential infrastructure to speed up housing construction, with funding for new roads, sewers, energy, water and community infrastructure.

She said it would complement a $6m Territory investment in 2024-25 to the Housing Australia Future Fund, to redevelop Shiers St housing in the Narrows and the Mitchell St YMCA lodge.

Family Violence Prevention Minister Kate Worden housing was key to address women and children’s safety, with a third those seeking homelessness services abuse survivors.

Despite the urban housing win, the federal budget appears to have slashed more than $155.9m from remote housing.”

Read the full NT News article here. 

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