For the first time since 2013, an agreement between the federal and state governments has been reached to provide funding in a five-year blocks to let agencies plan long-term to fight rising homelessness.
In Queensland, that means assured five-year funding for 89 non government organizations to provide 170 specialist homelessness services.
Friday marked the first time five-year funding has been agreed since the Coalition superceded Labor at the federal level and asked for tighter controls on where the homelessness funding was being spent.
The dispute has festered for five years, with funding extended year by year, instead of a block.
Now, Queensland agencies trying to help homeless people can now rely on five-year funding which is targeted to actual outcomes; finding homes and building low-cost housing.
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