New $45 million Victorian plan to ‘break cycle’ of homelessness

A $45 million state government initiative targeting Victorians sleeping rough has been hailed a “critical turning point” in the ongoing battle to combat the chronic issue of homelessness.

The Andrews government on Saturday announced a raft of measures aimed at intervening early in the cycle of homelessness, particularly in high-need regional centres including Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong.

Council to Homeless Persons CEO Jenny Smith described the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan as world class and said it was a “light at the end of the tunnel”.

“These announcements are a critical turning point in homeless policy in Victoria. The services that are being announced are undoubtedly best practice internationally and they will begin to turn off the tap of homelessness.

“The assertive outreach services will be able to access people who are not just in the CBD, but also in regional Victoria, and engage them. This is a statewide response, not just a CBD-focused response.”

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