Homelessness report comes up empty through lack of data

A REPORT hoping to measure homelessness in Echuca-Moama has cost at least $15,000 but failed to collect any data.

Committee for Echuca Moama recently received the Monash University report, which found great difficulty in gaining an accurate, up-to-date and regionally specific representation of homelessness.

It is why C4EM chief executive Martin Szakal is calling on the state and federal governments to invest in a national platform to allow the collection and analysis of data.

‘‘Essentially it has determined there is an issue with data collection … what we have identified is significant,’’ he said.

‘‘If our community has gone to this effort and expense, there are no doubt many others across Australia doing the same.

‘‘There must be millions of dollars lost across Australia from regional and rural communities, we need to do something different.

‘‘To this end we have identified a solution. We have presented the data platform initiative to the appropriate state ministerial department.

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