Victoria to spend $45 million to tackle homelessness

More than $45 million has been promised by Victoria’s state government to help solve the state’s homelessness problem.

Victorian housing minister Martin Foley said the funding will include $19 million for outreach services and $13 million for an additional 106 units in the state.

Saturday’s announcement comes after homelessness reached crisis point in Melbourne during 2017.

In September last year, the Melbourne City Council decided against new bylaws that banned rough sleeping in the city centre after months of heated debate.

It came after a large group of homeless people set up a makeshift camp along Flinders Street station in February.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton had claimed the homeless camp was a “very ugly sight”, with the rough sleepers only there to “shake down” tourists on their way to the Australian Open tennis.

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