Vinnies welcomes Labor commitment to homeless

St Vincent de Paul Society National CEO, Dr John Falzon welcomed Labor's commitment yesterday to half the number of people turned away from homelessness services across Australia within five years.

Dr Falzon said it was a "national disgrace" that so many people seeking assistance are not helped.

"This is a clear step in the right direction," Dr Falzon said.

"We can afford to solve this problem and we can do this sooner rather than later," he said.

Dr Falzon said the homeless Vinnies help were "desperate" for a national solution with half coming from the private rental market.

"Over the past 5 years we have seen a 30% increase in the numbers of families with children seeking shelter from homelessness services," he said.

Dr Falzon added that strategies to address homelessness and affordable housing must key planks in a national Social Inclusion Plan.

"Being included means not being left out or pushed out. The people we are talking about have had their choices taken away from them. Let's insure that, as a nation, we choose to end the systematic exclusion of our fellow Australians."

Homelessness (St Vincent de Paul Society 5/11/07)

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7 Nov 2007