New deal signed to aid homeless

The NT and Commonwealth governments have signed a one-year deal to provide $10.84 million to tackle homelessness and provide accommodation and support services for people in need.

Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy said the partnership would provide funding certainty for homelessness accommodation and case management services to June 30, 2018, while a longer-term funding arrangement is discussed with the Commonwealth.

“Good housing is a right for all Territorians, yet sadly the Territory has the highest rate of homelessness in the nation,” Mr McCarthy said.

Katherine’s homeless population is more than twice the Northern Territory average and 31 times the national average rate.

Researchers estimate one in four Indigenous people in Katherine are homeless.

There is a two to six year waiting list for public housing in Katherine.

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